com•me•dia dell'ar•te

Pronunciation: (ku-mā'dē-u del-är'tē; It.kôm-me'dyä del-lär'te), [key]
pl. com•me•di•a dell'ar•tes, com•me•di•as dell'ar•te, It. com•me•die dell'ar•tePronunciation: (kôm-me'dye del-lär'te). [key]

Italian popular comedy, developed chiefly during the 16th–18th centuries, in which masked entertainers improvised from a plot outline based on themes associated with stock characters and situations.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

comme ci, comme ├žacomme il faut
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