What does the word opera mean?

Usage examples for opera

  1. I am ashamed to look at such perfect dancing, for her sake; isn't it exactly that of an opera girl? – The Chouans by Honore de Balzac
  2. They had dined early, were now drinking tea, and intended to go to the opera. – The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope
  3. He hastened back to town and sought her at her hotel, and then at the opera where she had gone. – Cavour by Countess Evelyn Martinengo-Cesaresco
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