com·e·dy | \ ˈkä-mə-dē \
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

Director Roman Bondarchuk's surreal black comedy takes place in the visually striking borderlands of southern Ukraine. Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Volcano': Film Review | Karlovy Vary 2018," 13 July 2018 Still, Netflix’s Emmy contenders are not expected to capture the top drama and comedy awards. John Koblin, New York Times, "Emmy Nominations 2018: ‘Game of Thrones’ and Netflix Lead the Way," 13 July 2018 Each week, the comedy sends Twitter into a flurry of meaningful conversations about love, friendship, and Blackness itself., "Issa Rae Finally Got An Emmy Nod & I Can't Stop Crying," 12 July 2018 The performing arts summer camp includes instruction, classes and workshops in voice, dance, comedy improvisation, songwriting, performance techniques, sound and lighting. Linda Mcintosh,, "Daughters of American Revolution keep marching news," 12 July 2018 In the comedy categories, Donald Glover — who won Emmys last year for acting in and directing Atlanta — was nominated again Thursday for his work on the FX series. Anita Bennett, Fortune, "Diversity Takes Center Stage at 2018 Emmy Nominations," 12 July 2018 COMEDY Comedy Sportz Theater: Laughing Liberally Milwaukee political comedy show, 8 p.m. July 14, 420 S. 1st St., $8. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What's going on in Milwaukee this week: July 13-19," 12 July 2018 In 1999, Highmore made his film debut in the Scottish comedy Women Talking Dirty. Temi Adebowale, Country Living, "How Freddie Highmore Went From Child Actor to Star of 'The Good Doctor'," 11 July 2018 That was the comedy team’s first appearance in Cincinnati, but not Laurel’s. Cincinnati Enquirer,, "Our history: Laurel and Hardy brought laughter to Shubert Theater," 11 July 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 \
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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