Definition of drama
1a literature : a composition (see composition 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 dramab : a movie or television production with characteristics (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>
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
Origin and Etymology of drama
Late Latin dramat-, drama, from Greek, deed, drama, from dran to do, act
First Known Use: 1515
DRAMA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of drama for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of drama for Students
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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