com·​e·​dy | \ ˈkä-mə-dē How to pronounce comedy (audio) \
plural comedies

Definition of comedy

1a : 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
2a : 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
4a : the comic element the comedy of many life situations
b : humorous entertainment nightclub comedy

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Examples of comedy in a Sentence

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web During his run on Seinfeld, Stiller was nominated for an Emmy for outstanding guest actor in a comedy series. Robyn Merrett,, "Jerry Seinfeld Remembers Late Costar Jerry Stiller: 'He Had the Most Amazing Comedic Stuff'," 14 May 2020 Younger has been a huge success for TV Land, in which Duff starred as Kelsey, a book editor, since episode 1 of the comedy series back in 2015. Alexis Reliford, Refinery29, "Move Over, Lizzie McGuire: Hilary Duff Is Getting Another TV Show," 11 May 2020 Chilkoot Charlie’s is hosting a regular drive-in comedy show with comedians telling jokes from the back of a pickup truck. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "In Juneau and Anchorage, pop-up drive-in movies are offering the only show in town," 10 May 2020 The site would consist of comedy submitted and voted on by users—interactive top 10s, contests, and the like. al, "Meet the Alabama man who coined the term ‘30A’," 6 May 2020 See what fans of the beloved comedy had to say about the digital reunion. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, "The Best Twitter Reactions to the 'Parks and Recreation' Reunion," 1 May 2020 The reunion special, along with all 236 episodes of the comedy, was originally set to be available to HBO Max subscribers when the platform launches in May 2020. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "Jennifer Aniston announces chance to attend "Friends" reunion taping to raise money for coronavirus efforts," 21 Apr. 2020 In fact, in a new book called The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s, several crew members of the NBC comedy allege that Steve didn't intend on leaving at all. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Heartbreaking Reason Steve Carell (A.K.A. Michael Scott) Left 'The Office'," 4 Apr. 2020 In addition to the screening program, Kaufman will be giving a master class, hosted by Bernard Benoliel of the Cinémathèque Française, following the unspooling of the filmmaker’s 1979 comedy-drama The Wanderers. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Right Stuff' Filmmaker Philip Kaufman Set for Lifetime Tribute From Cinémathèque Française," 6 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of comedy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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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20 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Comedy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners 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


com·​e·​dy | \ ˈkä-mə-dē How to pronounce comedy (audio) \
plural comedies

Kids Definition of comedy

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

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