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 The supporting cast dements familiar comedy archetypes. Darren Franich,, "Harley Quinn needs so many more seasons," 25 June 2020 Some amusing if obvious fish-out-of-water comedy ensues as Gary, who travels by private jet and exudes jittery D.C.-insider energy, draws suspicious glances from the locals, though also a few friendly smiles. cleveland, "Jon Stewart’s off-key political comedy, starring Steve Carell, is far from ‘Irresistible’," 25 June 2020 The comedian imitated Snoop for an original song on a 1996 Christmas comedy album entitled, A Family Christmas In Your Ass. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "Jimmy Kimmel Apologizes After Using N-Word And Doing Blackface Skit In The 90s," 23 June 2020 Fox News' website on Monday had a story about Kimmel using a common slur against black people on a 1996 comedy song, and about times Kimmel had imitated the voices of black personalities. CBS News, "Jimmy Kimmel apologizes for wearing blackface in past sketches," 23 June 2020 An animated black comedy about a fading Hollywood horse proved to be one of the most insightful series of recent years. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "The 10 best TV shows of 2020 so far, from 'Jeopardy! GOAT' to 'BoJack Horseman'," 22 June 2020 And Judd Apatow’s original comedy The King of Staten Island topped the charts over the weekend on a variety of on-demand platforms, including Amazon, Google Play, Apple TV, and Comcast Xfinity. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "The pandemic is giving smaller films a chance to shine without blockbuster competition," 17 June 2020 Shakoor also has worked as an actor, stand-up comedian, comedy writer, short story author and playwright. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Virtual storytelling event in Detroit to spread message of its title: 'Black Men Count'," 17 June 2020 The characters in King Of Staten Island are all based on people who have been essential to his personal growth like his mother and his longtime comedy idol Bill Burr. Shannon Carlin,, "The King Of Staten Island Cast Is A Blast From Pete Davidson’s Past," 15 June 2020

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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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29 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Comedy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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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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