1. [syn: dress hat, high hat, opera hat, silk hat, stovepipe, top hat, topper, beaver]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Opera \Op"er*a\ ([o^]p"[~e]r*[.a]), n. [It., fr. opera work,
composition, opposed to an improvisation, fr. L. opera pains,
work, fr. opus, operis, work, labor: cf. F. op['e]ra. See
1. A drama, either tragic or comic, of which music forms an
essential part; a drama wholly or mostly sung, consisting
of recitative, arias, choruses, duets, trios, etc., with
orchestral accompaniment, preludes, and interludes,
together with appropriate costumes, scenery, and action; a
2. The score of a musical drama, either written or in print;
a play set to music.
3. The house where operas are exhibited.
Opera bouffe [F. op['e]ra opera + bouffe comic, It. buffo],
Opera buffa [It.], light, farcical, burlesque opera.
Opera box, a partially inclosed portion of the auditorium
of an opera house for the use of a small private party.
Opera comique [F.], comic or humorous opera.
Opera flannel, a light flannel, highly finished. --Knight.
Opera girl or Opera girls (Bot.), an East Indian plant
(Mantisia saltatoria) of the Ginger family, sometimes
seen in hothouses. It has curious flowers which have some
resemblance to a ballet dancer, whence the popular name.
Called also dancing girls.
Opera glass, a short telescope with concave eye lenses of
low power, usually made double, that is, with a tube and
set of glasses for each eye; a lorgnette; -- so called
because adapted for use at the opera, theater, etc.
Opera hat, a gentleman's folding hat.
Opera house, specifically, a theater devoted to the
performance of operas.
Opera seria [It.], serious or tragic opera; grand opera.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a man's hat with a tall crown; usually covered with silk or
with beaver fur [syn: dress hat, high hat, opera hat,
silk hat, stovepipe, top hat, topper, beaver]