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 However, Facebook lets satire and parody videos slide through the cracks—notably, that Pelosi video doesn't seem to violate its new deepfake policy. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "This Tool Will Help You Hunt Down Deepfakes Before the Election," 4 Sep. 2020 What was once a cardinal sin in the NFL will become parody procedure in 2020. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: NFL's uneven policy for fan attendance creates unfair divide in 2020 season," 2 Sep. 2020 Drollinger has launched a YouTube channel and produced a weekly drag parody show, turning his club into a sound stage. Washington Post, "Drag queens deliver home-cooked dinners as part of San Francisco club’s ‘Meals on Heels’ service," 31 Aug. 2020 Herzog’s tendency to slip into unintended self-parody pops up yet again here, in portions of this film that are like Spinal Tap for art-house auteurs. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Werner Herzog’s Mystical Memory Tour," 26 Aug. 2020 Blake Shelton tweeted a parody news story about Luke Bryan’s music. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Fans Can't Handle Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan’s Hilarious Twitter Feud Involving Gwen Stefani," 18 Aug. 2020 Singh’s latest parody tackled all the many pitfalls of having her life on the internet. Heather Gardner,, "This week's best of late-night: Amber Ruffin wears ball gown at home, Lilly Singh mocks internet pitfalls," 31 July 2020 While most of the world could see in the choking of George Floyd a historic recurrence that is all too real, Trump’s enablers produced an unconscious parody. Fintan O’toole, The New York Review of Books, "The Unpresident and the Unredeemed Promise," 12 June 2020 This Will Ferrell film is a parody of the real-life Eurovision singing competition, and the setting plays a huge part. cleveland, "5 destinations from Netflix hits to inspire your future travels," 23 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Comedian Matt Lucas took aim at Boris Johnson, parodying his partial lifting of the UK's stay-at-home order. Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Tuesday, May 12," 12 May 2020 To date, the clip—which parodies President Trump, in his voice—has garnered nearly 15 million views across social media. Regina R. Robertson, Essence, "Meet The Comedian Behind The 'How to Medical' TikTok Everyone Is Sharing," 27 Apr. 2020 In this weekend’s finale, the cast of Saturday Night Live parodied the trend. Michelle Cheng, Quartz, "Alec Baldwin as Trump delivers virtual commencement speech on SNL," 10 May 2020 Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn, the famous Vegas performers who work with big game cats, were parodied by the show in 1993. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "'The Simpsons' predicted a pandemic and killer insects back in 1993," 8 May 2020 Others have done it while parodying the very stock phrases that no longer feel responsive enough. Katy Steinmetz, Time, "'Stay Safe!' The Art of Emailing During the Coronavirus Pandemic," 24 Apr. 2020 Though Lipton could come off as self-important or sycophantic, and was parodied more than once, there’s a reason the show was a hit. Stephanie Goodman, New York Times, "Five of the Best Interviews From ‘Inside the Actors Studio’," 2 Mar. 2020 Though it's been recently parodied to some criticism from one of its stars, there's no doubt that Love, Actually has worked its way into the hearts of Christmas movie-lovers since 2003. Jordan Wilson, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood Reporter Reader Poll: What Is Your Favorite Christmas Movie?," 24 Dec. 2019 From Riverdale to Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Skinner has parodied some of pop culture’s biggest fixtures in his videos, and now the comedian is taking on Thelma and Louise and Romy and Michele. Nick Maslow,, "Instagram Star Benito Skinner, Known for Kris Jenner Impression, Debuts 'Brand New' Music Video," 12 Aug. 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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12 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Parody.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 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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