What does Drama mean?

Definitions for Drama
ˈdrɑ mə, ˈdræm ədra·ma

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. play, drama, dramatic playnoun

    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 eventnoun

    an episode that is turbulent or highly emotional

  3. dramanoun

    the literary genre of works intended for the theater

  4. dramanoun

    the quality of being arresting or highly emotional

Wiktionary

  1. dramanoun

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

  2. dramanoun

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

  3. dramanoun

    Theatrical plays in general

  4. dramanoun

    A dramatic situation in real life

  5. dramanoun

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

  6. Dramanoun

    A town in Greece.

  7. Etymology: From δρᾶμα, from δράω

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DRAMAnoun

    A poem accommodated to action; a poem in which the action is not related, but represented; and in which therefore such rules are to be observed as make the representation probable.

    Etymology: δϱαμα.

    Many rules of imitating nature Aristotle drew from , which he fitted to the drama; furnishing himself also with observations from the theatre, when it flourished under Eschylus, Euripides, and Sophocles. John Dryden, Æn. Dedicat.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dramanoun

    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. Dramanoun

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

  3. Dramanoun

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

  4. Etymology: [L. drama, Gr. dra^ma, fr. dra^n to do, act; cf. Lith. daryti.]

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Drama

    dram′a, n. a story of human life and action represented by actors imitating the language, dress, &c. of the original characters: a composition intended to be represented on the stage: dramatic literature: theatrical entertainment: a series of deeply interesting events.—adjs. Dramatic, -al, belonging to the drama: appropriate to or in the form of a drama: with the force and vividness of the drama.—adv. Dramat′ically.—n. Dramat′icism.—adj. Dram′atīsable.—n. Dramatisā′tion, the act of dramatising: the dramatised version of a novel or story.—v.i. Dram′atīse, to compose in, or turn into, the form of a drama or play.—n. Dram′atist, a writer of plays.—Dram′atis persō′næ (-ē), the characters of a drama or play. [L.,—Gr. drama, dramatosdraein, to do.]

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)

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  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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Drama in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Drama in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Drama in a Sentence

  1. Unknown Author:

    Negative people need DRAMA like oxygen. Stay positive, it will take their breath away.

  2. Elaine Ardizzone:

    We did actually book a few clients who kept' the dream' cake by having us create enormous drama with faux cake tiers for display.

  3. Flower A. Newhouse:

    Life's drama of incarnation consists of one's eventual discovery of their inherent destiny. We are a creation of the Supreme Spirit in whose seed of divinity, Godhood, like the Godhood of Jesus, shall come into fruition.

  4. Gareth Neame:

    It's a return to these really beloved characters and seeing them in new sets of circumstances and how they will deal with those, and hopefully, a good mix of the drama, comedy, and romance that had been the mainstays of it all, downton Abbey.

  5. John Updike:

    Life is like an overlong drama through which we sit being nagged by the vague memories of having read the reviews.

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