What does the word burlesque mean?

Usage examples for burlesque

  1. The good Bishop of Salisbury has had a plentiful Share in this sort of Treatment: And now at last, some or other has presum'd to burlesque his Lordship in printing a Speech for him, which none that knows his Lordship can believe ever came from him. – A Discourse Concerning Ridicule and Irony in Writing (1729) by Anthony Collins
  2. A parody of anything really good, whether in prose or verse, is as odious as a burlesque of Hamlet; but, on the other hand, parody is the appropriate punishment for certain kinds of literary affectation. – Collections and Recollections by George William Erskine Russell
  3. The difference is that between forgetfulness of duty, which has been the butt of endless ridicule by the world and of burlesque on the stage, and the reaches of thought attained by the philosopher, and the divine songs of the poet. – Studies in the Out-Lying Fields of Psychic Science by Hudson Tuttle