Simple Definition of comedy
: a play, movie, television program, novel, etc., that is meant to make people laugh
: things that are done and said to make an audience laugh : comic entertainment
: the funny or amusing part of something
Full Definition of comedy
1 a : a medieval narrative that ends happily <Dante's Divine Comedy> b : a literary work written in a comic style or treating a comic theme
2 a : a drama of light and amusing character and typically with a happy ending b : the genre of dramatic literature dealing with the comic or with the serious in a light or satirical manner — compare tragedy
3 : a ludicrous or farcical event or series of events <a comedy of errors>
4 a : the comic element <the comedy of many life situations> b : humorous entertainment <nightclub comedy>
Examples of comedy
The new comedy is the network's most popular television show.
The movie includes a lot of physical comedy.
We couldn't help laughing out loud at the comedy of the situation.
Origin of comedy
Middle English, from Medieval Latin comoedia, from Latin, drama with a happy ending, from Greek kōmōidia, from kōmos revel + aeidein to sing — more at ode
First Known Use: 14th century
Rhymes with comedy
COMEDY Defined for Kids
Definition of comedy
1 : an amusing play that has a happy ending
2 : an amusing and often ridiculous event
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