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 (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 dramab : 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
Recent Examples of drama from the Web
California’s Obamacare exchange scrubbed its annual rate announcement this week, the latest sign of how the ongoing political drama over the Affordable Care Act is roiling insurance markets nationwide.
Before the late drama, the biggest moment had come in the seventh inning.
The life of Maharajah Duleep Singh never lacked for drama.
Ricky Baker wasn't lacking for drama in winning the Wayne Carter Classic on Saturday at Grundy County Speedway.
The novel’s drama unfolds in a series of short vignettes, each of which comes packed with larger-than-life characters, lurid thoughts and graphic deeds.
This latest West Wing drama unfolds against the continual prospect of a wider staff shake-up, which has hung over the White House for weeks.
The blood-and-betrayal drama about warring noble families has already claimed a whopping 1,243 deaths characters in just six seasons—
The trip comes in the wake of the turmoil from the president’s European trip to the G-7 meeting in May, with the additional drama of the first Trump-Putin bilateral meeting.
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Origin and Etymology of drama
Late Latin dramat-, drama, from Greek, deed, drama, from dran to do, act
First Known Use: 1515See Words from the same year
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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