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 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

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

    Etymology: From δρᾶμα, from δράω

  2. drama(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From δρᾶμα, from δράω

  3. drama(Noun)

    Theatrical plays in general

    Etymology: From δρᾶμα, from δράω

  4. drama(Noun)

    A dramatic situation in real life

    Etymology: From δρᾶμα, from δράω

  5. drama(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From δρᾶμα, from δράω

  6. Drama(ProperNoun)

    A town in Greece.

    Etymology: 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

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

  2. Drama(noun)

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

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

  3. Drama(noun)

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

    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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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

How to pronounce Drama?

  1. Alex
    Alex
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    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
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How to say Drama in sign language?

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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. Iran Clinton:

    Some of President Obama's aides in the White House were swept up in the drama and idealism of the moment.

  2. Sean Connery:

    Drama is conveyed with emotion, and it's best to spend time looking for that emotion -- which is international -- instead, besides, I think there is a certain musicality each person has in their own tongue.

  3. Frank Capra:

    I made some mistakes in drama. I thought the drama was when the actors cried. But drama is when the audience cries.

  4. Walt Windham:

    I would n’t say there’s drama to a point where you hate each other, you’re just not scared to call each other out, sometimes they know too much about each other so they ’ll use that against each other and then you ’ll wake up the next morning sober and you’re like I kinda wan na know what happened but don’t wan na bring it up and then you drink the next night and then it comes up again until someone eventually squashes it.

  5. AiR Atman in Ravi:

    Nothing is Real; it's a Cosmic Drama. We are just Actors; we Come and we Go. There will be Laughter; there will be Tears. Such is the Cosmic Show.

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