par·​o·​dy | \ ˈper-ə-dē How to pronounce parody (audio) , ˈpa-rə- \
plural parodies

Definition of parody

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a literary or musical work in which the style of an author or work is closely imitated for comic effect or in ridicule wrote a hilarious parody of a popular song
2 : a feeble or ridiculous imitation a cheesy parody of a classic western


parodied; parodying

Definition of parody (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to compose a parody on parody a poem
2 : to imitate in the manner of a parody

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Other Words from parody


parodic \ pə-​ˈrä-​dik How to pronounce parodic (audio) , pa-​ \ adjective
parodistic \ ˌper-​ə-​ˈdi-​stik How to pronounce parodistic (audio) , ˌpa-​rə-​ \ adjective

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caricature, burlesque, parody, travesty mean a comic or grotesque imitation. caricature implies ludicrous exaggeration of the characteristic features of a subject. caricatures of politicians in cartoons burlesque implies mockery especially through giving a serious or lofty subject a frivolous treatment. a nightclub burlesque of a trial in court parody applies especially to treatment of a trivial or ludicrous subject in the exactly imitated style of a well-known author or work. a witty parody of a popular novel travesty implies that the subject remains unchanged but that the style is extravagant or absurd. this production is a travesty of the opera

Examples of parody in a Sentence

Noun He has a talent for writing parodies. a writer with a talent for parody Verb It was easy to parody the book's fancy language. She parodied her brother's poetry.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If Peters seems a parody of the lecherous clergyman and the ruthless academic, Mr. Sisman is a model of the incorruptible biographer. Ben Downing, WSJ, "‘The Professor and the Parson’ Review: Father of Lies," 31 Jan. 2020 Given the blatant biases, and the bland ignorance of Middle Eastern realities, of Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, David Friedman and the other architects of this parody of a peace plan, one thing is absolutely certain. Rashid Khalidi, Time, "President Trump's Peace Plan Is the Latest in a Century of Outrageous Deals for the Palestinians," 31 Jan. 2020 Weird Al Yankovic made a parody of it that asked stations to please stop playing it. Washington Post, "One hit no more: Persistence pays off for Billy Ray Cyrus," 31 Jan. 2020 Then, there’s the movie idol (Anita Ekberg), who dresses like a parody of a priest to ascend into the dome of St. Peter’s, and famously romps in the Trevi Fountain. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "A Hundred Years of Fellini," 17 Jan. 2020 The rally was initially conceived as a parody of Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor rally on August 28, 2010, itself a version of Martin Luther King’s March on Washington, but for angry white people. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "The Daily Show’s Rally to Restore Sanity Predicted a Decade of Liberal Futility," 27 Dec. 2019 The rat king appears like an almost perfect parody of the community-building ambitions that dominated German public life during and following the Napoleonic Wars. Adrian Daub, Longreads, "All Hail the Rat King," 13 Dec. 2019 But Death is more a parody of the genre; its premise is that famous detectives compete with one another to solve the crime. Bill Higgins, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood Flashback: 'Murder by Death' Was a 1976 All-Star Mystery Spoof," 30 Nov. 2019 In hindsight, Facebook's missionary IPO letter reads like a parody. Wired, "It’s Time to Push Tech Forward, and Rebuild What It Broke," 15 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Jackie Nash and Jacob Bush added terrific comic flair to a French dance that parodied every 19th-century ballet mannerism in good fun. Washington Post, "Atlanta Ballet’s high-tech ‘Nutcracker’ at Kennedy Center is one of the most entertaining out there," 28 Nov. 2019 The scathing, satirical Simpsons that parodied Bill Clinton and the Kennedy family is now reduced to idealizing the Democratic party more than the Democratic party idealizes the Democratic party. Peter Spiliakos, National Review, "The Simpsons and the Cowardice of Tribal Comedy," 28 Aug. 2019 Disney+ parodied iconic film franchise High School Musical with comedy High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, which has already been renewed for a second season. Kaitlin Reilly,, "Grab Your Ukulele: Disney+ Movie Stargirl Is A Joy," 15 Jan. 2020 Social media comments seemed to delight in attacking Peloton by parodying the ad. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Peloton holiday ad sparks heated debate on social media over body imagery," 4 Dec. 2019 Meanwhile, the films starring Hudgens stick closer to the sort of script A Christmas Movie Christmas gently parodies. Jessica Klein, Fortune, "‘Tis the Season for Holiday Movies—and Hallmark and Lifetime Aren’t Afraid of Netflix," 17 Dec. 2019 In 2019, Supreme is both a community and a corporation, a lifestyle and a logo, a business that became popular for its parodies of others that is now being parodied itself. Vogue, "Supreme, Volume 2 Covers a Lot of Ground, From Skateboarding to Streetwear Domination," 21 Nov. 2019 Bloom’s theory has been endlessly debated, parodied and challenged, including by Bloom., "NEW YORK — Harold Bloom, the eminent critic and Yale professor whose seminal ‘‘The Anxiety of Influence’’ and melancholy regard for literature’s old masters made him a popular author and standard-bearer of Western civilization amid modern trends, died Monday at age 89.," 16 Oct. 2019 His theory has been endlessly debated, parodied and challenged, including by Dr. Bloom. Hillel Italie, Washington Post, "Harold Bloom, literary critic who wrote of the ‘anxiety of influence,’ dies at 89," 15 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of parody


1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1733, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for parody


Latin parodia, from Greek parōidia, from para- + aidein to sing — more at ode

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The first known use of parody was in 1607

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3 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Parody.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of parody

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a piece of writing, music, etc., that imitates the style of someone or something else in an amusing way
disapproving : a bad or unfair example of something



English Language Learners Definition of parody (Entry 2 of 2)

: to imitate (someone or something) in an amusing way

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