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 Anyone looking to catch a combo of parody and striptease can find literally dozens of troupes putting on productions along the the I-4 corridor several times a year, with at least one show somewhere virtually every week. Trevor Fraser,, "Orlando gives burlesque fans plenty of reasons to cheer," 31 July 2019 In 1994 the courts ruled that the rap song was a parody and therefore qualified for fair use. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Katy Perry's 'Dark Horse' is just music's latest copyright battle," 30 July 2019 The adults gather in little gangs, clinking their drinks in celebration of this miniature feminist parody of the time men claimed the moon as their own. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "On Apollo 11's 50th anniversary, a new exhibition at the Met explores the moon's place in our cultural imagination.," 10 July 2019 She was hired to adapt Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, and later to star, based on a parody of Victorian-era manners in her late-’80s sketch show, Thompson. Eliza Berman, Time, "Emma Thompson Just Wants to Make Us Laugh—and Maybe Get Arrested," 6 June 2019 To the uninitiated these films might seem so thoroughly, unrepentantly French as to verge on self-parody, but Garrel is nothing if not sincere. Justin Chang,, "Philippe Garrel's 'Lover for a Day' plays out a delicate, wistful emotional triangle," 25 Jan. 2018 One parody account pretends to be the congressman’s cow. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: The decades-long battles over John Steinbeck’s estate," 13 Sep. 2019 Its makeover montage, in which Ashley Too coaches Rachel through rehearsals for a school talent show, is a key detail of its fond genre parody. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "The Best Episode of the New “Black Mirror” Is a Princess Tale Starring Miley Cyrus," 5 June 2019 Mayfield didn’t reprise his parody for reporters, but his teammates loved the impression — as strong as the one he’s made over the past month. Tom Withers, The Seattle Times, "Mayfield ends impressive camp with Browns imitating GM," 21 Aug. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Also parodying a famous writer, Girls’ star Zosia Mamet will play Little Women author Louisa May Alcott. Kristin Vartan,, "Here's everything you need to know about Hailee Steinfeld's Dickinson," 30 Oct. 2019 Allen shared photos from Harbour’s SNL sketch parodying a SoulCycle class, during which the host wore a sleeveless shirt and showed off his muscular arms. Natalie Stone,, "David Harbour Posts First Instagram Photo with Lily Allen: 'The Prince and Princess'," 28 Oct. 2019 Ergo, parodied takes on VSCO Girls have spawned a ton of hilarious catchphrases, inspired by a general lack of self-awareness, pseudo-passion for the environment, and obsession with social media. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "The Comprehensive Guide to Being a VSCO Girl for Halloween," 18 Oct. 2019 The whodunnit is a genre that's been heavily parodied and done to death on TV. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Knives Out' Director Rian Johnson on Shifting From 'Star Wars' to Agatha Christie-Style Whodunnit," 7 Sep. 2019 Users began describing each other and themselves as e-girls and e-boys and then quickly parodied the terms. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "E-girls and e-boys, explained," 1 Aug. 2019 Perry later deleted the post, and replaced it with another viral post parodying the original. Alyssa Newcomb, Fortune, "Millions View Instagram Privacy Policy Hoax Shared by Rick Perry, Megan Rapinoe, Usher, and Julia Roberts," 21 Aug. 2019 So the policies that were in place almost parodied themselves. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "The Underworld of Online Content Moderation," 5 July 2019 With Making The Band 2, Diddy founded the co-ed R&B/rap group Da Band that is probably most famous for being parodied on Chappelle’s Show. Marcus Jones,, "Diddy and MTV are bringing back Making The Band," 15 July 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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27 Oct 2019

Time Traveler for parody

The first known use of parody was in 1607

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How to pronounce parody (audio)

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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