noun com·e·dy \ˈkä-mə-dē\

: 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

plural com·e·dies

Full Definition of COMEDY

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

diva, dramaturgy, loge, prestidigitation, proscenium, supernumerary, zany

Rhymes with COMEDY


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