From the Mandarin


chaqu (plural chaqu)

  1. A form of Chinese opera
    • 2009 January 1, Andrew Jacobs, “Dusting Off a Serene Jewel Box”:
      The pavilion's tour de force is the private theater, which provided the emperor with a cozy perch to view chaqu, a form of opera invented by a commoner that became all the rage in 18th-century Beijing.
  2. (film) An inserted musical sequence in a Chinese movie
    • 2001, Corey K. Creemur, “Picturizing American Cinema”, in Soundtrack Available[1], ISBN 0822328003, page 403:
      Teo clarifies that chaqu were eventually differentiated from "full-fledged" musicals []

Usage notesEdit

  • Often written in italics (chaqu), or pronounced as a foreign word.
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