Vaudeville

(2 syl.). A corruption of Val de Vire, or in Old French, Vau de Vire, the native valley of Oliver Basselin, a Norman poet, the founder of a certain class of convivial songs, which he called after the name of his own valley. These songs are the basis of modern vaudeville.

Father of the Vaudeville.
Oliver Basselin, a Norman poet. (Fifteenth century.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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