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burlesque

noun uk   /bɜːˈlesk/ us    /bɝː-/
[C or U] a type of writing or acting that tries to make something serious seem stupid [U] US a type of theatre entertainment in the US in the late 19th and early 20th centuries that had funny acts and a striptease (= a performance in which someone removes their clothes)
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