What does Comedy mean?

Definitions for Comedy
ˈkɒm ɪ diCom·e·dy

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Comedy.

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

Wiktionary

  1. comedy(Noun)

    archaic Greece. a choric song of celebration or revel

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

  2. comedy(Noun)

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

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

  3. comedy(Noun)

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

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

  4. comedy(Noun)

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

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

  5. comedy(Noun)

    The genre of such works

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

  6. comedy(Noun)

    entertainment composed of jokes, satire, or humorous performance

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

  7. comedy(Noun)

    the art of composing comedy

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

  8. comedy(Noun)

    a humorous event

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [F. comdie, L. comoedia, fr. Gr. ; a jovial festivity with music and dancing, a festal procession, an ode sung at this procession (perh. akin to village, E. home) + to sing; for comedy was originally of a lyric character. See Home, and Ode.]

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Comedy

    kom′e-di, n. a dramatic piece of a pleasant or humorous character, originally accompanied with dancing and singing.—ns. Comē′dian, one who acts or writes comedies: an actor:—fem. Comédienne′; Comēdiet′ta, a short comic piece. [L.,—Gr. kōmōdia, kōmos, revel, ōdē, song.]

Editors Contribution

  1. comedy

    A type of material or conversation that is simple it creates laughter, joy and fun in the world.

    Comedy is great fun and is meant to be a tool to generate laughter, fun and love in the world

    Submitted by MaryC on December 27, 2019  

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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How to say Comedy in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Comedy in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Comedy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Comedy in a Sentence

  1. New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani:

    I called the mayor. I knew we had to start. Comedy is on some level the voice of the powerless. For us it was about coming back and going back to normal.

  2. Anne Meara:

    I was glad he got us to be a comedy team, because then we weren't just waiting for the agent to call, we traveled with our own stuff.

  3. Steven Soderbergh:

    We decided that a dark comedy had the best possible chance of remaining in the minds of the viewers and also gave us the opportunity to use the complexity of these kind of financial activities almost as a joke, almost as the setup for a punchline, it's a very troubling time but speaking about it is the beginning, people have been speaking about it for quite a while but on occasion a piece of entertainment can be a conversation starter and get people wondering day to day 'in my everyday life how am I participating in this'.

  4. Monica Lewinsky:

    I have never gone to a standup comedy show and bawled my eyes out as much as I did, and given my history, that was pretty surprising.

  5. Jane Greer:

    Laughing at and appreciating the same comedy is the emotional oil to grease the wheels of a relationship to keep it moving forward, it gives each of you the resilience you need to laugh off the petty and irrelevant things that naturally build up in life and offers more chances to bond intimately on a regular basis.

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