Definition of Horse opera

1. Noun. A film about life in the western United States during the period of exploration and development.

Exact synonyms: Western
Generic synonyms: Feature, Feature Film
Specialized synonyms: Spaghetti Western



Definition of Horse opera

1. Noun. (idiomatic) A theatrical production, film, or program on radio or television depicting adventures of characters in the American Old West; a western. ¹

2. Noun. (idiomatic archaic) An equestrian show, as in a circus. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Horse Opera

horse fancier
horse fly
horse gentian
horse grain
horse gram
horse latitude
horse mackerel
horse mackerels
horse manure
horse mushroom
horse nettle
horse of a different color
horse of a different colour
horse of the wood
horse opera (current term)
horse operas
horse parsley
horse pistol
horse power
horse puckey
horse race
horse races
horse racing
horse radish
horse sense
horse thistle
horse tick

Literary usage of Horse opera

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1. Macmillan's Magazine by David Masson, George Grove, John Morley, Mowbray Morris (1880)
"From the work in which Servandoni in the eighteenth century introduced at the Dresden theatre four hundred horsemen, to the one-horse opera of Les Huguenots ..."

2. Forty Years an Advertising Agent, 1865-1905 by George Presbury Rowell (1906)
"... how everybody was thrilled with the scene, and in the mouths of the people the name of the Academy was changed again and now became "The horse opera. ..."

3. The Musical World (1851)
"If some of our orators had known that Jenny Lind visit?d the " horse opera" the other night, ..."

4. Paris in '67: Or, The Great Exposition, Its Side-shows and Excursions by Henry Morford (1867)
"... and must be suited, at Paris) ; and have not the Cirque Napoleon and its rival, the Theatre du Prince Imperial, supplied horse-opera in ..."

5. Eminent Women of the Age: Being Narratives of the Lives and Deeds of the by James Parton (1869)
"What prancing and pawing! what rearing and backing ! Now a swift gallop, as if in the ring of some fairy circus. But this is no vulgar horse-opera; ..."

6. The Lyrical Drama: Essays on Subjects, Composers, & Executants of Modern Opera by Henry Sutherland Edwards (1881)
"From the work in which Servandoni in the eighteenth century introduced at Dresden theatre 400 horsemen, to the one-horse opera of Les Huguenots, ..."

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