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. 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

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

  2. comedynoun

    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. comedynoun

    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. comedynoun

    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. comedynoun

    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. comedynoun

    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. comedynoun

    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. comedynoun

    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. 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

    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. Pico Iyer:

    Comedy is nothing more than tragedy deferred.

  2. James Thurber:

    The only rules comedy can tolerate are those of taste, and the only limitations those of libel.

  3. Jeremy Renner:

    I’m doing a job [‘Tag’] that isn’t really requiring a ton of stunts. It’s not an action movie; it’s a comedy. It just happens to have a few stunts in it. So I don’t have to beat a whole lot of people up or do anything crazy. So it won’t really affect my job. … It affects how I get dressed in the morning. I can’t tie my shoes, but outside of that and everything else, I can kind of get by.

  4. Jonah Hill:

    I was really advanced professionally but really behind personally, all my 20s, I wasn't really looking inward. I was just running toward success. Or trying to find success. And when I was 30, I was like, I've always wanted to be a director, but if I don't get off this train now and write ‘Mid90s’ [his 2018 comedy] I'm not going to do it. And I hit pause. I took three or four years to reshape things. I was like, ‘I could just do this for 10 more years and I'm not going to evolve as a person.'.

  5. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    A life without trouble and tragedy is boring and not a plot for comedy.

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