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
The request puts a Trump initiative before the Supreme Court for the first time and brings the nine justices into a national drama over claims that the president is targeting Muslims and abusing his authority.
The drama started shortly after Malaysia Airlines Flight 128 took off from Melbourne.
For me, his performances of standard works as varied as Bach’s Mass in B minor and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony have demonstrated keen musical insight, a feeling for the shape and flow of a piece, and an unsentimental sense of drama.
The modified cars, extreme conditions, terrain and speed lead to captivating drama and suspense.
Each week following episodes of the third and final season of The Leftovers, Sophie Gilbert and Spencer Kornhaber will discuss HBO’s drama about the aftermath of 2 percent of the world’s population suddenly vanishing.
There was plenty of drama in the bottom of the ninth ninth.
In light of those dynamics, coupled with the ongoing drama over Sherman’s future with the team, one thing is certain: This coming season will be the most delicate, most difficult and most important coaching challenge of Carroll’s career here.
The only drama in the NBA is what LeBron James will wear to the postgame.
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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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