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 Another popular parody reworks lyrics from the show, turning it into a commentary on the current coronavirus pandemic. Gary Dinges, USA TODAY, "From Weird Al's polka to the mask-up medley, these 'Hamilton' parodies are keeping us satisfied," 11 July 2020 But the Joker-Harley coupling mostly takes a back seat in season 2, which finds room for cosmic pop-ins from Darkseid (Michael Ironside) and a King Shark breakaway adventure that turns into a teasing Aquaman parody. Darren Franich,, "Harley Quinn needs so many more seasons," 25 June 2020 Neff sang the parody song at a Daily Caller Christmas party a few years ago, according to a person familiar with the event. Oliver Darcy, CNN, "Tucker Carlson's top writer resigns after secretly posting racist and sexist remarks in online forum," 10 July 2020 Nobody, including the art gallery that presented it, seemed to know if the statue was a parody or meant to be taken seriously, The Washington Post reported at the time. Washington Post, "In Slovenia, statue of Melania Trump set on fire and removed," 9 July 2020 Her rhapsodizing is hollow and rote, like a parody of the self-help literature on opting out of our connected, capitalist world. Stephanie Hayes, The Atlantic, "Ottessa Moshfegh’s Strange and Riveting Female Narrators," 7 July 2020 Two parody accounts called Devin Nunes' Cow and Devin Nunes' Mom, as well as Republican strategist Liz Mair, were mentioned in the suit filed in March. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, "Judge rules Devin Nunes cannot sue Twitter over account pretending to be his cow," 24 June 2020 The judge's ruling removes Twitter as a defendant in the case but does not dismiss the case itself, which is still pending against the two parody accounts and Mair. Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY, "Judge rules Rep. Devin Nunes can't sue Twitter over statements from parody cow and mom accounts," 25 June 2020 The complaint alleged that the timing and substance of the tweets suggested that Mair was working jointly with parody accounts. Fox News, "Devin Nunes' attempt to sue Twitter over parody posts shut down by judge," 25 June 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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7 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Parody.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 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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