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

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web The Series, and the stage is set for new drama, lots of Frozen, and of course, summer romances. Leah Campano, Seventeen, 4 Aug. 2022 The first season was directed by Marco Kreuzpaintner (Amazon Prime’s Beat) and booked by Gabriel Silver, director of commissioning for drama at Sky Studios for Zai Bennett, managing director of content at Sky UK. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Aug. 2022 The upcoming ninth season will be the last for the CW's superhero drama starring Grant Gustin as the Scarlet Speedster, EW has learned. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, 1 Aug. 2022 But nothing beat the 200 meters for drama, with Noah Lyles and all his demonstrative, crowd-pumping glory besting stoic teenager Erriyon Knighton, who at 18 is one of the sport’s rising stars. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 25 July 2022 The famed pop-culture convention has been a frequent stop for the AMC apocalypse drama over the years that now nears its end: The last batch of episodes is scheduled to air beginning Oct. 2. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 22 July 2022 There were two sweeps, though, on a night that will be hard to top in the 10-day meet for pure drama. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 July 2022 Following the nominations, Netflix revealed that Squid Game had made history as the first non-English language series to be Emmy-nominated for outstanding drama. Kelsie Gibson, PEOPLE.com, 12 July 2022 The blockbuster Netflix could become the first non-English-language series to be nominated for best drama. Emily Yahr, Washington Post, 12 July 2022 See More

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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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“Drama.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drama. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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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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