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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Synonyms for comedy


farce, humor, slapstick

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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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People have been waiting a long time to see me and you in a presidential romantic comedy. Harper's BAZAAR, "Jennifer Aniston: The Naked Truth," 6 May 2019 Metcalf, 63, snagged the nomination for best supporting actress in a comedy for her performance as Jackie Harris in Roseanne on Thursday, nearly two months after the sitcom was abruptly canceled. Jodi Guglielmi,, "Laurie Metcalf Snags an Emmy Nomination for Roseanne After Cancellation," 12 July 2018 Just Friends is good—romantic comedies are always good. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Charles Melton Reveals the First Thing He Noticed About Camila Mendes," 15 May 2019 When Teen Vogue sits down with her to paint pottery, Camila is fresh off of shooting a big group scene for the comedy Palm Springs. Alanna Bennett, Teen Vogue, "Camila Mendes Is Taking It All in Stride," 1 May 2019 Fleabag, Amazon Prime, May 17 Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s very British, very droll comedy is back for a second season. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "9 New Things to Stream in May on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and More," 29 Apr. 2019 All manner of frothy, dramatic comedy ensues when, over the course of her sessions, Daisy’s doctor begins to fall in love not with Daisy, exactly, but with Lady Melinda. Marley Marius, Vogue, "The 5 Campiest Musicals Ever Made," 27 Apr. 2019 The comedy centers around a wealthy man named Miguel, played by Jaime Camil, whose trust fund gets cut off by his father. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'NCIS' Star Pauley Perrette Was Just Cast in Her First Major Role Since Leaving the Show," 7 Mar. 2019 The Suite Life and Home Alone stars — who starred in the comedy-drama Changeland with Seth Green — were rumored to be dating back in September 2017, and now are officially together. Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, "27 Celebrities Who Dated Their Co-Stars IRL," 7 Dec. 2018

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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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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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