dra·​ma | \ ˈdrä-mə How to pronounce drama (audio) , ˈdra- How to pronounce drama (audio) \

Definition of drama

1a literature : a composition (see composition sense 5a) in verse or prose intended to portray life or character or to tell a story usually involving conflicts and emotions through action and dialogue and typically designed for theatrical performance : play — compare closet drama
b : a movie or television production with characteristics (such as conflict) of a serious play broadly : a play, movie, or television production with a serious tone or subject a police drama
2 literature : dramatic art, literature, or affairs English drama
3a : a state, situation, or series of events involving interesting or intense conflict of forces the drama of the past week dealing with some family drama
b : dramatic state, effect, or quality the drama of the courtroom proceedings

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Examples of drama in a Sentence

He is reading an ancient Greek drama. I prefer drama to comedy. His interest in drama began at a very young age. She studied drama in college. the dramas of teenage life She watched the drama unfold as they began screaming at each other. a competition full of drama the drama of the courtroom proceedings
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Recent Examples on the Web Listening to all 10 hours of the album might seem forbidding, so start with one track; the play with density and spareness on each reveals an accessible form of experimental drama. New York Times, 3 June 2021 There's no such thing as an open-and-shut case on Bosch, and the final season of Amazon's crime drama will find Titus Welliver's titular detective going to perhaps his greatest lengths yet in pursuit of justice. Oliver Gettell, EW.com, 2 June 2021 In the ninth season of the CBS procedural drama, Swift portrayed rebellious teenager Haley Jones. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2021 In an era of increasingly sensitive teen drama, what is a breakup song supposed to sound like? Kelefa Sanneh, The New Yorker, 31 May 2021 HBO Max released the official teaser for the upcoming reboot of the 2000s teen drama Friday. Elise Brisco, USA TODAY, 28 May 2021 With two murders solved and not a single therapy appointment booked, season four of the Spanish Netflix YA drama is off to a fresh start after several students graduate and move to New York City. Jen Chaney, Vulture, 26 May 2021 The actor, who has since been cast in projects like Dungeons & Dragons and The Gray Man, will not be returning for future seasons of the period drama. Naledi Ushe, PEOPLE.com, 26 May 2021 Smith repeatedly refused to discuss any aspects of the Jones drama, from reports that the receiver privately requested a trade before the NFL draft to whether there's any chance of a reconciliation with one of the team's most popular players. Paul Newberry, Star Tribune, 25 May 2021

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First Known Use of drama

1515, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for drama

Late Latin dramat-, drama, from Greek, deed, drama, from dran to do, act

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9 Jun 2021

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“Drama.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drama. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of drama

: a piece of writing that tells a story and is performed on a stage
: a play, movie, television show, or radio show that is about a serious subject and is not meant to make the audience laugh
: the art or activity of performing a role in a play, show, etc.


dra·​ma | \ ˈdrä-mə How to pronounce drama (audio) , ˈdra- \

Kids Definition of drama

1 : a written work that tells a story through action and speech and is acted out : a usually serious play, movie, or television production
2 : the art or profession of creating or putting on plays
3 : an exciting or emotional situation or event Reporters told of the drama occurring in the courtroom.


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