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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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

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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. Danielle Schneider:

    Just a lot more craziness, what they loved last season just a lot bigger, we were challenging ourselves to go bigger and badder with more drama and more catchphrases and more funny characters that have fights with each other and then make up and love each other.

  2. Wes Gordon:

    This season my vision was to really focus on the idea of a grand gesture, of the drama of a disciplined exuberance, adding in that discipline. And, whether it's the sleeve or an embroidery or the color, finding out that one thing that's at the heart of the piece, and letting that shine, going all in for it, the Carolina Herrera woman is bold, she's colorful, she's the center of the party, she's never looking for a wardrobe to disappear or blend in. I often say that, on a rainy gray day such as today, when everyone on the sidewalk will be in a black coat, the Carolina Herrera woman is in hot pink.

  3. Massimo Osanna:

    I find particularly touching the last room, the one dedicated to the eruption, and where on display are the objects deformed by the heat of the eruption, the casts of the victims, the casts of the animals, really, one touches with one's hand the incredible drama that the 79 A.D. eruption was.

  4. Eddie Pepperell:

    I just figured it was going to be a tap-in, i was kind of relieved I didn't have to face a three-footer in front of all those people, and then obviously when it went in, what can I say, it was pretty awesome. The effort lifted Pepperell to 14-under-par, which at the time looked to have given him a shot at winning but ultimately was only good enough for a share of third two shots behind champion Rory McIlroy. The drama at the 17th was not over yet, however, as Jhonattan Vegas was in the next group to approach the hole. The Venezuelan's tee shot barely cleared the water and his ball stopped, unpromisingly for his birdie chances, some 70 feet from the hole. Undeterred, he banged it home to join Pepperell at 14-under with the longest putt ever made at the hole, according to the PGA Tour.

  5. United States:

    This is just another example of the almost Shakespearian drama that has unfolded between United States and Turkey since 2016, there is a real sentiment within the pro-Erdogan camp that the US was covertly a backer of the 2016 coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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