E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
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.)