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
Tragedy and comedy resound in this clown show for ages 8 and up at the Adrienne Arsht Center, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami.
Her reaction shots range from typical action-adventure athleticism to screwball comedy, oftentimes just a fraction of a second apart.
AXS TV Launched in July 2012 by visionary entrepreneur CEO Mark Cuban, AXS TV is dedicated to providing groundbreaking music programming, stand-up comedy performances from today’s top comedians, and hard-hitting mixed martial arts promotions.
His dad, Brian Haner, is a guitarist who has worked in many fields, from prog-rock to comedy (with ventriloquist Jeff Dunham) to metal.
But even that, according to an interview with Trey Parker, was enough to suck South Park into the cycle that caught every other comedy show.
Stevie Ryan, Youtuber and star of the VH1 sketch comedy show Stevie TV, has died at age 33, Deadline reports.
Viewers are embracing the story’s kinetic thrills and sense of humor, but equally praiseworthy is Wright’s ambitious effort to take his genre-comedy sensibility to a meaningful new level.
Pedace’s play is a laugh-a-minute comedy about a hyperactive and hyper-controlling spinster who minds everyone else’s business, with the help of her night-vision goggles.
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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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