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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Spontaneously, the staff decided to record a video of parody songs about living in quarantine. Madison Smalstig, Indianapolis Star, "Pajama Day, weird hats and pop-song parodies: How one Indy nursing home cheered residents," 2 May 2020 The pair have been turned into memes, were given a parody theme song and now will have their very own bobblehead figurines available for purchase. Briana Rice,, "Ohio Health Director Dr. Amy Acton now has her own bobblehead. Here's how to get one," 28 Apr. 2020 That entry included a couple of cute sketches nodding to building paranoia over the pandemic, but there was also a daytime-TV cooking parody and a guest appearance from Debbie Downer. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The First Quarantine Episode of Saturday Night Live Was Historic," 12 Apr. 2020 Empire’ parody and comparing Mort Drucker to Leonardo da Vinci., "Mort Drucker, Master of the Mad Caricature, Is Dead at 91," 10 Apr. 2020 More technology news from the public sector: #TRENDING — Tech news generating buzz around the Web: WIRED IN Coronavirus parody songs about washing your hands and social distancing are everywhere, my colleague Travis M. Andrews reports. Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Airbnb is reeling from the coronavirus fallout," 7 Apr. 2020 The scenario is almost a parody of a mainstream Democratic fantasy. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "‘The Good Fight’ Premiere: She Had a Dream," 9 Apr. 2020 The video by Nathaniel Yu was a parody, and the supposed terrorists were played by two of Yu’s Muslim friends, his lawyers said in announcing the settlement with the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. Bob Egelko,, "$665,000 settlement for East Bay student punished for mock terrorist video," 7 Apr. 2020 His ineptitude was a parody of mine, his gleeful desire to smash things apart the flip side of my desperate need to hold them together. James Marcus, The New Yorker, "A Dark Ride," 29 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Now, family-friendly tunes are being parodied - for better or worse - in the coronavirus fight. Mark Heim |, al, "COVID-19 parodies: You won’t get ‘Baby Shark,’ ‘Do you want to build a snowman’ out of your head," 28 Mar. 2020 Kahlo, who died in 1954, is not present in these photos, which were taken in 2006 — neither Kahlo the artist, beatified in textbooks, nor Kahlo the caricature, parodied on coffee mugs. Kelsey Ables, Washington Post, "Photographer Graciela Iturbide’s ground-level view of modern Mexico," 12 Mar. 2020 The visual, which is currently displayed prominently on LA’s Sunset Boulevard, parodies the Ally billboard made famous by Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born. Glenn Rowley, Billboard, "Amy Schumer Spoofs 'A Star Is Born' Billboard to Promote Netflix Special," 19 Feb. 2019 For some movie critics, his acting seemed one-dimensional, easily parodied by comics. Washington Post, "Kirk Douglas, whose masculine energy powered scores of film roles, dies at 103," 6 Feb. 2020 The vague clues, including calling herself a Momma Bear and showing glimpses of hockey skates and french fries, caused the judges to guess Candace Cameron Bure, Tonya Harding, and even Tina Fey, who famously parodied the Alaskan politician on SNL. Erin Cavoto, Country Living, "Sarah Palin Was the Rapping Bear on 'The Masked Singer' and No One Is Okay," 12 Mar. 2020 The two grim figures hunched over a chessboard in a desolate north-country landscape made for an unforgettable cinematic image, which has been both imitated and parodied. Robert Berkvist,, "Max von Sydow, star of ‘The Seventh Seal’ and ‘Exorcist,’ 90," 9 Mar. 2020 The two grim figures hunched over a chessboard in a desolate north-country landscape made for an unforgettable cinematic image, which has been both imitated and parodied. Robert Berkvist, New York Times, "Max von Sydow, Star of ‘Seventh Seal’ and ‘Exorcist,’ Dies at 90," 9 Mar. 2020

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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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25 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Parody.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 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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