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par·​o·​dy ˈper-ə-dē How to pronounce parody (audio)
plural parodies
: 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
: a feeble or ridiculous imitation
a cheesy parody of a classic western
parodic adjective
parodistic adjective


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parodied; parodying

transitive verb

: to compose a parody on
parody a poem
: to imitate in the manner of a parody
Choose the Right Synonym for parody

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
The pair performed parodies of this year’s nominees while presenting the award. Brittany Spanos, Rolling Stone, 17 May 2024 The page’s full title and bio both label it as a parody account. Brieanna J. Frank, USA TODAY, 13 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for parody 

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Word History



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

First Known Use


1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1733, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of parody was in 1607

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Cite this Entry

“Parody.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


plural parodies
: a written or musical work in which the style of an author or work is imitated for comic effect
: a poor imitation
parody verb

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