Definition of comedy
1a : a medieval narrative that ends happily Dante's Divine Comedyb : 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 parenthoodb : 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 situationsb : 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.
Recent Examples of comedy from the Web
Was that moment at the end of Act One tragedy in comedy-drag, or the other way around?
There’s a crackling comedy energy between him and the wonderfully sharp Emily Young as Toinette, his chippy and world-wise servant, who is forever trying to set Argan straight and is forever being maligned for her trouble.
For anyone who makes a living in comedy, taking it easy is no easy thing.
Breaking Through Barriers revives this Charles Ludlam comedy, a film noir homage to the likes of Raymond Chandler and James M. Cain.
Impromptu comedy and the game-show world have been part of Wayne Brady's diverse realm.
The same went for his 2015 comedy Mortdecai, which tried to invent a new persona for Depp to subvert (this time, the upper-class British toff).
Atlacomulco has five universities and a pink stone theater that hosts stand-up comedy.
After squandering their daughter's college fund, married couple Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler start up an underground casino in their suburban home's basement in this wild summer comedy.
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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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