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 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.
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
First Known Use: 14th century
COMEDY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of comedy for Students
1 : an amusing play that has a happy ending
2 : an amusing and often ridiculous event
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