drama

noun
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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Laura Carmichael is no stranger to the romance of a period drama. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Laura Carmichael on Why the World of The Spanish Princess Is "So Much More Dangerous" Than Downton," 5 May 2019 Wainwright has been working on adapting Lister’s diaries for the screen for over 20 years, and the result of her efforts is a period drama that features complex women onscreen, captured by many brilliant women behind the camera. Jill Gutowitz, Glamour, "Gentleman Jack Is a Period Drama I’ve Been Waiting My Whole Life to See," 22 Apr. 2019 All of this comes together to create a film that is not, in any way, a nice period drama. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The Favourite is a deliciously wicked tale of sex, women, and power plays," 21 Nov. 2018 One plays better for drama, one for comedy; both revolve around male approval and touch. Nora Whelan, SELF, "Believing Women Means Believing the Plus-Size Ones, Too," 21 Nov. 2018 Itzan Escamilla as Samuel Set to star in Elite as Samuel, Itzan is most well known for his portrayal of Francisco in the Netflix period drama Las chicas del cable, also known as Cable Girls in English. Marilyn La Jeunesse, Teen Vogue, "Meet the Cast of "Elite," Netflix's Thrilling New Mystery Series," 2 Oct. 2018 Actually, just modify it by putting HBO's new drama Gentleman Jack at the top. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "9 TV Shows and Movies To Put at the Top of Your To-Do List," 21 Apr. 2019 The 9 episode miniseries will premiere June 9th in GOT's Sunday spot, giving us a two week break post Battle of Winterfell to dive back into drama. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Big Little Lies Season 2 Brings Back Our Favorites Ladies—and Great Decor," 16 Apr. 2019 From Ziva’s major bombshell this year, to Ducky’s emotional storyline, to the Laurel vs. Yanny controversy, the audience always has a lot to say about the crime drama. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'NCIS' Is Renewed for Season 17: Here's Everything We Know," 16 Apr. 2019

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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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drama

noun

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.

drama

noun
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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