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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In the comedy collaboration of our dreams, Tina Fey and Carol Burnett are teaming up to make a movie about—what else—Carol Burnett. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Tina Fey and Carol Burnett Are Working on a Movie Based on Burnett's Memoir Carrie and Me," 27 Mar. 2019 There's original programming like Kevin Hart's new comedy special, Irresponsible; Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Part 2; Unicorn Store, a new movie starring Brie Larson; and The Perfect Date, a new rom-com with Noah Centineo and Camila Mendes. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Leaving Netflix in April 2019: Get Your Sex and the City Movie Fix Now," 19 Mar. 2019 The 22-year-old actress returned when the comedy starring Tim Allen was revived for season 7, but only on a recurring basis. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Last Man Standing' Star Kaitlyn Dever Was Just Cast in a Major Movie," 15 Mar. 2019 Wanda Sykes, Judy Gold, and Amber Ruffin will also take the stage together to talk about working in comedy as women in the midst of today’s political climate. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Priyanka Chopra Has Just Been Announced to Speak at a MAJOR, Star-Studded Women's Summit," 14 Mar. 2019 Here, five things the English comedy gets right about the good, the bad, and the ugly. Daisy Melamed Sanders, Seventeen, "Everything Netflix’s New Show “Sex Education” Gets Right About Awkward Hookups," 18 Jan. 2019 The film, directed by comedy veteran Peter Farrelly, stars Viggo Mortensen and Ali. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Green Book builds a feel-good comedy atop an artifact of shameful segregation. Yikes.," 7 Jan. 2019 The company has multiple game shows in the works, according to a source, including ideas centered around comedy and shopping. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "HQ Trivia was a blockbuster hit — but internal turmoil and a shrinking audience have pushed it to the brink," 5 Nov. 2018 Scott's death came a few months after comedy icon Robin Williams hanged himself with a belt in his home in August 2014. Fox News, "Kate Spade is the latest star to be found hanged, highlighting what may be a distrubing trend," 2 Oct. 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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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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