dra·ma | \ ˈdrä-mə , ˈdra- \

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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Firth and Livia married in 1997 after first meeting on the 1996 set of the BBC drama Nostromo. Phil Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "Colin Firth and Wife Livia Settle with Her Ex-Lover in Stalking Scandal Case," 5 July 2018 The season premiere of this police drama picks up two months after Gibbs and McGee were fighting a group of rebels in Paraguay. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "On TV This Week: All the Best Shows and Movies You Must Watch," 29 June 2018 To stay in the game, cable networks and other streaming services have commissioned hundreds of hours of high-quality scripted programming, providing an unprecedented glut of good television drama. The Economist, "Netflix is moving television beyond time-slots and national markets," 28 June 2018 The vote wasn’t without a bit of last-minute drama. Alyssa Newcomb /, NBC News, "California passes digital privacy bill that could have impact across U.S.," 28 June 2018 The Facebook reveal is just the latest bombshell in a business that’s in the midst of more drama than a bad online date. Leigh Gallagher, Fortune, "Match Is the Sweetheart of Online Dating—But Can It Fend Off Facebook and Bumble?," 27 June 2018 The careers of both artists have been caught up in plenty of drama. Bill Brownlee, kansascity, "Kesha and Macklemore delight fans with glitz, love and a dash of the ‘Good Old Days’," 27 June 2018 The drama of the meeting has been heightened by the Justice Department’s announcement Friday that 12 Russian intelligence officers had been indicted for hacking offenses during the 2016 presidential election. Martin Finucane, BostonGlobe.com, "Believe it or not, President Trump has been in Europe a little over 72 hours," 13 July 2018 What will the legal drama be like without Mike (Patrick J. Adams) and Rachel (the newly royal Meghan Markle)? Ellen Gray, Philly.com, "TV picks: SharkFest, Sacha Baron Cohen, 'Suits' and more," 13 July 2018

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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 , 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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