Definitions for DRAMAˈdrɑ mə, ˈdræm ə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dra•maˈdrɑ mə, ˈdræm ə(n.)(pl.)-mas.

  1. a prose or verse composition presenting in dialogue and action a story involving conflict or contrast of characters, intended to be performed on the stage; play.

    Category: Literature

  2. dramatic art or literature in general.

    Category: Literature

  3. any event or series of events having vivid, conflicting elements that capture one's interest.

  4. the quality of being dramatic.

Origin of drama:

1505–15; < LL < Gk drâma consequential act, action (of a play) =drâ(n) to do +-ma n. suffix of result

Princeton's WordNet

  1. play, drama, dramatic play(noun)

    a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage

    "he wrote several plays but only one was produced on Broadway"

  2. drama, dramatic event(noun)

    an episode that is turbulent or highly emotional

  3. drama(noun)

    the literary genre of works intended for the theater

  4. drama(noun)

    the quality of being arresting or highly emotional

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. drama(noun)ˈdrɑ mə, ˈdræm ə

    a play, especially a serious one

    made-for-TV dramas

  2. dramaˈdrɑ mə, ˈdræm ə

    plays as a type of literature

    poetry, fiction, and drama

  3. dramaˈdrɑ mə, ˈdræm ə

    excitement or an exciting event

    lots of drama in the world of basketball; the dramas of teenage life

Wiktionary

  1. drama(Noun)

    A composition, normally in prose, telling a story and intended to be represented by actors impersonating the characters and speaking the dialogue

  2. drama(Noun)

    Such a work for television, radio or the cinema (usually one that is not a comedy)

  3. drama(Noun)

    Theatrical plays in general

  4. drama(Noun)

    A dramatic situation in real life

  5. drama(Noun)

    Rumor, lying or exaggerated reaction to life events; melodrama; an angry dispute or scene; intrigue or spiteful interpersonal maneuvering.

  6. Drama(ProperNoun)

    A town in Greece.

  7. Origin: From δρᾶμα, from δράω

Webster Dictionary

  1. Drama(noun)

    a composition, in prose or poetry, accommodated to action, and intended to exhibit a picture of human life, or to depict a series of grave or humorous actions of more than ordinary interest, tending toward some striking result. It is commonly designed to be spoken and represented by actors on the stage

  2. Drama(noun)

    a series of real events invested with a dramatic unity and interest

  3. Drama(noun)

    dramatic composition and the literature pertaining to or illustrating it; dramatic literature

Freebase

  1. Drama

    Drama is the specific mode of fiction represented in performance. The term comes from a Greek word meaning "action", which is derived from the verb meaning "to do" or "to act". The enactment of drama in theatre, performed by actors on a stage before an audience, presupposes collaborative modes of production and a collective form of reception. The structure of dramatic texts, unlike other forms of literature, is directly influenced by this collaborative production and collective reception. The early modern tragedy Hamlet by Shakespeare and the classical Athenian tragedy Oedipus the King by Sophocles are among the masterpieces of the art of drama. A modern example is Long Day's Journey into Night by Eugene O’Neill. The two masks associated with drama represent the traditional generic division between comedy and tragedy. They are symbols of the ancient Greek Muses, Thalia and Melpomene. Thalia was the Muse of comedy, while Melpomene was the Muse of tragedy. Considered as a genre of poetry in general, the dramatic mode has been contrasted with the epic and the lyrical modes ever since Aristotle's Poetics —the earliest work of dramatic theory.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Drama

    A composition in prose or verse presenting in dialogue or pantomime a story involving various characters, usually intended to be acted on a stage and to be regarded as a form of entertainment. (From Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 2d ed)

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DRAMA' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2827

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DRAMA' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4544

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DRAMA' in Nouns Frequency: #1174


Translations for DRAMA

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

drama(noun)

a play for acting on the stage

He has just produced a new drama.

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