What does comedy mean?

Definitions for comedy
ˈkɒm ɪ dicom·e·dy

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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


  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

  2. Origin: [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.]


  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 so 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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  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. Aristophenes:

    Comedy is allied to justice.

  2. Carol Burnett:

    Comedy is tragedy plus time.

  3. Robin Williams:

    Comedy is acting out optimism.

  4. Jerry Seinfeld:

    You are the James Bond of comedy.

  5. Actor Edmund Gwenn:

    Dying is easy. Comedy is difficult.

Images & Illustrations of comedy

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