1. a diverting opera with spoken dialogue and a happy ending.
2. the tradition or genre of such operas.
Pronunciation: (kom'ik op'ur-u, -op'ru), [key]
comically vainglorious; having farcically self-important aspects: a comic-opera army, proud in its ceremonial splendor but inept on the battlefield.
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