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 What greets us here, as often as not, is a parody of a poet. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "The Heartsick Hilarity of John Berryman’s Letters," 12 Oct. 2020 In theory, the N.B.A. bubble sounds ridiculous, like a devastating parody of consumer capitalism. Sam Anderson, New York Times, "What I Learned Inside the N.B.A. Bubble," 30 Sep. 2020 The montage covers half a century, and everyone is a parody. Darren Franich,, "Fargo season 4 has a lot of nothing to say about America: Review," 14 Sep. 2020 Since President Trump established the U.S. Space Force as an independent military branch in December 2019, the agency has been brunt of some humor—with Netflix going as far as creating a parody show of the same name, starring Steve Carrell. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "What, exactly, does the U.S. Space Force do? Its Secretary is glad you asked," 1 Oct. 2020 Despite the campaign to ban this fluffy parody, Pence’s daughter, Charlotte, has supported Twiss’s work on social media, noting that both their books support charitable causes. Washington Post, "For Banned Books Week, I read the country’s 10 most challenged books. The gay penguins did not corrupt me.," 28 Sep. 2020 Less common is the presence of contraband phones, which is how Siobhan, an 18-year-old former inpatient from Toronto, managed to make her viral video – a parody of the different types of people in wards. Daisy Schofield,, "Inside The Complex World Of ‘Psych Ward’ TikTok," 13 Sep. 2020 Drollinger has launched a YouTube channel and produced a weekly drag parody show, turning his club into a sound stage. Scott Allen Washington Post, Star Tribune, "Drag queens deliver home-cooked dinners as part of San Francisco club's 'Meals on Heels' service," 11 Sep. 2020 Paul Miller greets his classes with a new song parody every year. Brett Harman, CNN, "Must-watch videos of the week," 11 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb However try as the cold open might, the past week in the real world was just too hard to parody. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Jim Carrey makes shaky debut as Joe Biden on 'SNL': Is this 'The Mask'?," 4 Oct. 2020 Her short film, available to watch here, manages to parody both the fashion industry and the political sphere without losing sight of the grave importance of voting this year. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Dover Street Market Teams With When We All Vote on Election Initiatives," 23 Sep. 2020 The Ig Nobels have been awarded since 1991 to parody the more established Nobel Prizes. Rob Picheta, CNN, "Scientists win award for giving an alligator helium and making it shout," 18 Sep. 2020 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

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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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18 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Parody.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 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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