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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Recent Examples on the Web The filmmaker Emily Ting fictionalizes her real-life experiences in this family drama. Sara Aridi, New York Times, "What’s on TV Saturday: ‘The Great’ and ‘Graduate Together’," 16 May 2020 The gang was finally happy: Clay started dating new girl and the season’s narrator Ani (Grace Saif), and Jessica and Justin (Brandon Flynn) got back together after months of will-they-won’t-they drama. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "We Finally Know When Season 4 Of 13 Reasons Why Hits Netflix & It’s So, So Soon," 12 May 2020 Avoid becoming involved in someone's drama or emotional problems. oregonlive, "Horoscope for May 6, 2020: Taurus, avoid acting rashly; Pisces, an elderly neighbor may need your help," 6 May 2020 India was concentrated on the immediate drama around the market in the southern city of Chennai, which is now tied to at least 1,000 virus cases. Nicole Winfield, Angela Charlton And Chris Blake, Houston Chronicle, "The second virus wave: How bad will it be as lockdowns ease?," 6 May 2020 All of these creatures are as unique as the characters in any human drama. John Gurda, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A balm for coronavirus anxiety: Milwaukee's wild places, where the rhythms of nature are steady as ever," 30 Apr. 2020 The Wall Street Journal reports, though, that before it was embroiled in the drama of a major accounting scandal, Travelex paid its ransomware attackers a whopping $2.3 million in an attempt to get them to go away. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "Security News This Week: Signal Threatens to Leave the US If EARN IT Act Passes," 11 Apr. 2020 There was no bigger drama than Latin American soap operas. Marquita K. Harris, Essence, "Mona Scott-Young Has Always Been A Boss," 8 Apr. 2020 The other major player in this drama of dueling daily briefings, Dr. Anthony Fauci, from the National Institutes of Health, a trusted scientist setting the record straight. CBS News, "Leadership in times of crisis," 29 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of drama was in 1515

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23 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Drama.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drama. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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How to pronounce drama (audio) How to pronounce drama (audio)

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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