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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Izzie, and the actress who played her, Katherine Heigl, were an integral part of the medical drama since its inception in 2005. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Katherine Heigl Was Asked If She'd Ever Return to 'Grey's Anatomy' and It Was So Awkward," 14 July 2019 Luckily, things aren't all dark CW drama around Hawkins. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Stranger Things 3, eps. 1-4: Hawkins, Indiana, will never be the same," 13 July 2019 The Society is a mystery teen drama that follows a group of high school teenagers living in Connecticut. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "12 Shows Like "Stranger Things" You Should Make Your Next Binge-Watch," 12 July 2019 There was the same drama and humor that is used in most action movies. Briana Rice, Cincinnati.com, "Catch all of the Cincinnati references in new Netflix movie 'Point Blank'," 12 July 2019 The drama-free (and our favorite to win it all) Pilot Pete snagged a rose during the initial portion, leaving Garrett and Luke to duke it out for the remaining stem. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al.com, "Faith at the forefront of Hannah and Luke P’s connection on ‘The Bachelorette’," 2 July 2019 The result is an elegant mix of character study, workplace drama and political thriller. Judy Berman, Time, "The Loudest Voice Shows Us What We Already Knew. That’s Not Redundant—It’s Exactly What We Need," 27 June 2019 Scott Oberg worked a clean eighth and Wade Davis picked up his 10th save of the season with a drama-free ninth. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Rockies use clutch start by Jon Gray, David Dahl’s long ball to beat Giants in series opener," 24 June 2019 Mike and the bots gleefully rip apart all of the long takes shot from unnecessarily low angles as well as the many drama-free scenes that seem to last forever and go absolutely nowhere. Noel Murray, The Verge, "With Child’s Play and Toy Story 4 in theaters, it’s Devil Doll time," 21 June 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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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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