Vaudeville is a type of entertainment that mixes comedy and music in a variety show.

Originally, a vaudeville was a popular song satirizing current events. Eventually, it came to mean a type of variety show that mixed comedy and music. Vaudeville, or "music hall," was popular between the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth. Vaudeville performers were multi-talented, because they might have to tell a joke one minute, dance the next, and then sing. The word vaudeville comes from the French phrase voix de ville, "voice of the city."

Definitions of vaudeville
  1. noun
    a genre of variety show with songs, comic acts, etc.
    synonyms: music hall
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    type of:
    variety, variety show
    a show consisting of a series of short unrelated performances
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