Definitions for comedyˈkɒm ɪ di

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

com•e•dyˈkɒm ɪ di(n.)(pl.)-dies.

  1. a play, movie, etc., of light and humorous character with a cheerful ending.

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  2. the branch of drama concerned with this form of composition.

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  3. the comic element of drama, of literature generally, or of life.

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  4. any comic or humorous incident or series of incidents.

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Origin of comedy:

1350–1400; ME comedye < ML cōmēdia, L cōmoedia < Gk kōmōidía <kōmōid(ós) comedian (kômo(s) merrymaking +aoidós singer)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. comedy(noun)

    light and humorous drama with a happy ending

  2. drollery, clowning, comedy, funniness(noun)

    a comic incident or series of incidents

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. comedy(noun)ˈkɒm ɪ di

    entertainment that is humorous or amusing

    a TV channel dedicated to comedy

  2. comedyˈkɒm ɪ di

    a funny movie, play, etc.

    His last two plays were comedies.

Wiktionary

  1. comedy(Noun)

    archaic Greece. a choric song of celebration or revel

  2. comedy(Noun)

    ancient Greece. a light, amusing play with a happy ending

  3. comedy(Noun)

    medieval Europe. a narrative poem with an agreeable ending (e.g., The Divine Comedy)

  4. comedy(Noun)

    A dramatic work that is light and humorous or satirical in tone

  5. comedy(Noun)

    The genre of such works

  6. comedy(Noun)

    entertainment composed of jokes, satire, or humorous performance

  7. comedy(Noun)

    the art of composing comedy

  8. comedy(Noun)

    a humorous event

  9. Origin: First attested in 1374. From comedie, from comoedia, from κωμῳδία, from κῶμος + either ᾠδή or ἀοιδός, both from ἀείδω.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Comedy(noun)

    a dramatic composition, or representation of a bright and amusing character, based upon the foibles of individuals, the manners of society, or the ludicrous events or accidents of life; a play in which mirth predominates and the termination of the plot is happy; -- opposed to tragedy

Freebase

  1. Comedy

    Comedy film is a genre of film in which the main emphasis is on humour. These films are designed to elicit laughter from the audience. Comedies are generally light-hearted dramas and are made to amuse and entertain the audiences. The comedy genre often humorously exaggerates situations, ways of speaking, or the action and characters. Films in this style traditionally have a happy ending. One of the oldest genres in film, some of the very first silent movies were comedies. Comedy, unlike other film genres, puts much more focus on individual stars, with many former stand-up comic transitioning to the film industry due to their popularity. While many comic films are lighthearted stories with no intent other than to amuse, others contain political or social commentary. The comedy genre can be considered the oldest film genre. Comedy was ideal for the early silent films, as it was dependent on visual action and physical humour rather than sound. Slapstick, one of the earliest forms of comedy, poked fun at physical mishap, usually in practical jokes, accidents and water soakings.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'comedy' in Nouns Frequency: #2236


Translations for comedy

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

comedy(noun)

a play of a pleasant or amusing kind

We went to see a comedy last night.

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