Meaning of “opera” in the English Dictionary

"opera" in British English

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operanoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈɒp.ər.ə/ /ˈɒp.rə/ us /ˈɑː.pɚ.ə/

A2 a musical play in which most of the words are sung, or plays and music of this type:

"Carmen" is my favourite opera.
I've never been a huge fan of opera.
He goes to the opera (= to see an opera) whenever he can.
an opera singer

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  • I can only stand opera in small doses.
  • If this first opera of the season is a herald of what is to come, we can expect great things.
  • The Almeida theatre's recent staging of the opera had critics foaming at the mouth.
  • She is one of the immortals of classical opera.
  • Why is opera so inaccessible to so many people?

(Definition of “opera” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"opera" in American English

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operanoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈɑp·ər·ə, ˈɑp·rə/

music a formal play in which all or most of the words are sung, or this type of play generally

adjective us /ˌɑp·əˈræt̬·ɪk/

(Definition of “opera” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)