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Forms: opera (data provider: donatus-sup), opere (data provider: donatus-sup)
Baretti: A dictionary of the English and Italian languages
Óper-a, s. f. dim. Óper-élla, Óper-étta, Óper-icciuóla, Óper-úccia,Óper-úzza , disp. Óper-áccia,
1. operation, work, action, exercise; 2. action, act, deed, affair, business;3. a day's work; 4. work or thing performed (as writing, building, picture, &c.); 5. art, skill; 6. any building or structure. — di voci, the meaning of words. Per —, by reason of. — postuma, a posthumous work. Uomo di grande —, an active, enterprising man. — morte, works which produce no effect. Avere —, to have something to do; 7. copulation; 8. an opera, drama set to music. Dare —, to strive, endeavour; 9. work, literary composition;10. art, manufacture; 11. a workman. Mettere in —, to put in hand; 12. damask-work.
Florio: a worlde of wordes, or most copious, dictionarie in Italian and English
opera: any kind of manuall worke, or labour, finished and done. Also any action or deed. Also any handy-laboure or workmanship. Also meanes or aide. Looke Dáre ópera.