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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Read more: ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ exposes sexism in 1950s comedy. Elahe Izadi, Washington Post, "‘Late Night’ imagines a world where a woman has been hosting late-night comedy for decades. If only.," 14 June 2019 Lumpkin is one of seven cast members starring in the remake of the '90s comedy skit show. Emily Sabens, Indianapolis Star, "A teen from Fishers is starring in Nickelodeon's 'All That' remake, and he's thrilled," 14 June 2019 Grant often appeared in romantic comedies throughout his career, such as films like Four Weddings and a Funeral, Mickey Blue Eyes, Notting Hill and Love, Actually. Eric Todisco,, "Hugh Grant Says He’s 'Too Old and Ugly' to Do Romantic Comedies Anymore," 6 June 2019 Rogan began a career in comedy in August 1988 in the Boston area. Denisa Protani,, "Enter for a chance to win tickets for two to comedian Joe Rogan June 29th at Royal Farms Arena.," 6 June 2019 The popular children’s TV show gets the live-action big-screen treatment in this adventure comedy about a girl (Isabela Moner) on a jungle mission to rescue her missing parents (Michael Peña, Eva Longoria). Gary Thompson,, "It’s blockbuster season: Here are the movies you need to see this summer," 5 June 2019 Take us back to your early days in comedy, before that Comedy Now! Soumya Rao, Quartz India, "Russell Peters on stereotypes, politics, and religion in his comedy," 3 June 2019 Deadline reported that Christoph has been cast in a satirical comedy called Faith Based. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Last Man Standing' Star Christoph Sanders Was Just Cast in Another Major Movie," 24 May 2019 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

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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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The first known use of comedy was in the 14th century

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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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