noun dra·ma \ˈdrä-mə, ˈdra-\

Definition of drama

  1. 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. 2 literature :  dramatic art, literature, or affairs <English drama>

  3. 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

  1. He is reading an ancient Greek drama.

  2. I prefer drama to comedy.

  3. His interest in drama began at a very young age.

  4. She studied drama in college.

  5. the dramas of teenage life

  6. She watched the drama unfold as they began screaming at each other.

  7. a competition full of drama

  8. 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

Other Performing Arts Terms

DRAMA Defined for English Language Learners


noun dra·ma \ˈdrä-mə, ˈdra-\

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


noun dra·ma \ˈdrä-mə, ˈdra-\

Definition of drama for Students

  1. 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. 2 :  the art or profession of creating or putting on plays

  3. 3 :  an exciting or emotional situation or event <Reporters told of the drama occurring in the courtroom.>

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