comedy

noun com·e·dy \ ˈkä-mə-dē \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

Definition of comedy

plural comedies
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
  • the ancient Roman comedies of Plautus
2 a : a drama of light and amusing character and typically with a happy ending
  • a comedy about parenthood
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 in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology 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

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COMEDY Defined for English Language Learners

comedy

noun

Definition of comedy for English Language Learners

  • : 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


COMEDY Defined for Kids

comedy

noun com·e·dy \ ˈkä-mə-dē \

Definition of comedy for Students

plural comedies
1 : an amusing play that has a happy ending
2 : an amusing and often ridiculous event


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