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comedy

play
noun com·e·dy \ˈkä-mə-dē\

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

plural com·e·dies

  1. 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. 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. 3 :  a ludicrous or farcical event or series of events <a comedy of errors>

  4. 4 a :  the comic element <the comedy of many life situations> b :  humorous entertainment <nightclub comedy>

Examples of comedy

  1. The new comedy is the network's most popular television show.

  2. The movie includes a lot of physical comedy.

  3. 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

Other Performing Arts Terms

Rhymes with comedy



COMEDY Defined for Kids

comedy

play
noun com·e·dy \ˈkä-mə-dē\

Definition of comedy

plural com·e·dies

  1. 1 :  an amusing play that has a happy ending

  2. 2 :  an amusing and often ridiculous event





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