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Definition of Burlesque


  1. Tending to excite laughter or contempt by extravagant images, or by a contrast between the subject and the manner of treating it, as when a trifling subject is treated with mock gravity; jocular; ironical.
  2. Ludicrous representation; exaggerated parody; grotesque satire.
  3. An ironical or satirical composition intended to excite laughter, or to ridicule anything.
  4. A ludicrous imitation; a caricature; a travesty; a gross perversion.
  5. To ridicule, or to make ludicrous by grotesque representation in action or in language.
  6. To employ burlesque.

Burlesque Quotations

I've always had a love affair with New York City, and I've threatened to get an apartment there one day. But it just made sense for me to set 'Burlesque' on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. It's a place I know intimately well and love, and I think there's a great story to be told with L.A.
Steve Antin

When I started performing, there was no Internet; I didn't really have anything to copy. I kind of had to just make up what I thought burlesque was, based on photographs of Sally Rand or whatever.
Dita Von Teese

In the early '90s, it was grunge; everybody was fully clothed. Alanis Morissette was one of the biggest artists in the world, never wore makeup, wearing Doc Marten boots, and then the Spice Girls turn up, and suddenly it all looks a bit burlesque; suddenly they're the biggest band in the world.
Caitlin Moran

You know what my earliest memories are? Going from one burlesque town to another. My father was in burlesque.
Alan Alda

I don't think there is such a thing as being too raunchy when it comes to the art form of burlesque.
Christina Aguilera
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Burlesque Translations

burlesque in German is Posse
burlesque in Spanish is burlesco
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