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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 bur·lesque /(ˌ)bɝˈlɛsk/
 作戲,滑稽戲(a.)滑稽的,可笑的

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Bur·lesque n.
 1. Ludicrous representation; exaggerated parody; grotesque satire.
    Burlesque is therefore of two kinds; the first represents mean persons in the accouterments of heroes, the other describes great persons acting and speaking like the basest among the people.   --Addison.
 2. An ironical or satirical composition intended to excite laughter, or to ridicule anything.
 The dull burlesque appeared with impudence,
 And pleased by novelty in spite of sense.   --Dryden.
 3. A ludicrous imitation; a caricature; a travesty; a gross perversion.
    Who is it that admires, and from the heart is attached to, national representative assemblies, but must turn with horror and disgust from such a profane burlesque and abominable perversion of that sacred institute?   --Burke.
 Syn: -- Mockery; farce; travesty; mimicry.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Bur·lesque a.  Tending to excite laughter or contempt by extravagant images, or by a contrast between the subject and the manner of treating it, as when a trifling subject is treated with mock gravity; jocular; ironical.
    It is a dispute among the critics, whether burlesque poetry runs best in heroic verse, like that of the Dispensary, or in doggerel, like that of Hudibras.   --Addison.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Bur·lesque v. t. [imp. & p. p. Burlesqued p. pr. & vb. n. Burlesquing ] To ridicule, or to make ludicrous by grotesque representation in action or in language.
    They burlesqued the prophet Jeremiah's words, and turned the expression he used into ridicule.   --Stillingfleet.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Bur·lesque, v. i. To employ burlesque.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 burlesque
      adj : relating to or characteristic of a burlesque; "burlesque
            theater"
      n 1: a theatrical entertainment of broad and earthy humor;
           consists of comic skits and short turns (and sometimes
           striptease)
      2: a composition that imitates somebody's style in a humorous
         way [syn: parody, lampoon, spoof, sendup, mockery,
          takeoff, travesty, charade, pasquinade, put-on]
      v : make a parody of; "The students spoofed the teachers" [syn:
          spoof, parody]