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 On Tuesday, Netflix announced that the fourth and final season of the popular coming-of-age comedy On My Block will premiere on Oct. 4. Derek Lawrence,, 7 Sep. 2021 The second season of the comedy about jealous siblings is even better than the first., 5 Sep. 2021 Episodes are bookended by bits of Seinfeld’s stand-up comedy, as his character in the show is also a comedian. Danielle Turchiano, Variety, 1 Sep. 2021 Season two of the comedy, now streaming on HBO Max, finds the former professional dancer scouring TikTok trying to find the next big thing to launch her budding managing career. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, 31 Aug. 2021 The source of comedy and pathos — of the arguments, deceits and serendipitous harmonies that give Maxwell’s narratives their structure and rhythm — is the failure of any one person to comprehend fully the architecture of that web. New York Times, 30 Aug. 2021 The scene provides a small but illuminating window into Short’s approach to life in comedy. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 29 Aug. 2021 In real life, writers of the comedy have been drawn into the earnest task of helping to extract relatives from the chaos of the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan. Brett Forrest, WSJ, 29 Aug. 2021 In comedy, a lot of the best bits need to have that sort of premise up front. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Aug. 2021

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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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“Comedy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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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 : humor


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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