What does comedy mean?

Definitions for comedy
ˈkɒm ɪ dicom·e·dy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. comedynoun

    light and humorous drama with a happy ending

  2. drollery, clowning, comedy, funninessnoun

    a comic incident or series of incidents

Wiktionary

  1. comedynoun

    archaic Greece. a choric song of celebration or revel

  2. comedynoun

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

  3. comedynoun

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

  4. comedynoun

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

  5. comedynoun

    The genre of such works

  6. comedynoun

    entertainment composed of jokes, satire, or humorous performance

  7. comedynoun

    the art of composing comedy

  8. comedynoun

    a humorous event

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Comedynoun

    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. 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 observing of human behavior or conversation that is simple it creates laughter, joy and fun around the world.

    Comedy is good fun and the meaning is for it to be a tool to generate laughter, fun and love around the world

    Submitted by MaryC on December 27, 2019  

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  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. Susan Rovner:

    In recent years our comedies haven’t performed as well in the fall, so we’re doubling down in midseason with two big nights of comedy.

  2. Anuj Somany:

    There can be no dearth of comedy as long as the people are engaged in a lot of hypocrisy around the world.

  3. Matthew Belloni:

    We will see how he (Gervais) handles it. Is there a place for that kind of sarcastic and insult-oriented comedy in Hollywood 2020? We'll see.

  4. Philip Sidney:

    Comedy is an imitation of the common errors of our life.

  5. Jerry Seinfeld:

    The whole object of comedy is to be yourself and the closer you get to that, the funnier you will be.

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