mono·​dra·​ma ˈmä-nə-ˌdrä-mə How to pronounce monodrama (audio)
: a drama acted or designed to be acted by a single person
monodramatic adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The monodrama by Suzie Miller and directed by Justin Martin propels Comer stunningly into the tale of a crackerjack barrister who prides herself on getting offenders off. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 13 Dec. 2022 Toshio Hosokawa’s monodrama for mezzo-soprano and 12 players, probes deeply into the terror and loss of Edgar Allan Poe’s poem through a jagged, atonal setting that stretches the scansion out of its familiar rhythm. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, 4 Oct. 2022 Based on a monodrama by Jean Cocteau, the 1959 piece delves into the emotional state of Elle (She), whose lover of five years has left her. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, 4 Oct. 2021 Jonathan Berger’s monodrama is based on a U.S. Army helicopter pilot’s first-person account of the 1968 massacre of hundreds of Vietnamese villagers by American troops. Matt Cooper,, 8 Mar. 2018 In its heyday, City Opera was a home for Argento’s richly expressive music, and the upcoming performance will include two of his monodramas. The New York Times, New York Times, 3 Nov. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1793, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of monodrama was in 1793

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“Monodrama.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Mar. 2023.

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