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

    Etymology: From δρᾶμα, from δράω

  2. dramanoun

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

    Etymology: From δρᾶμα, from δράω

  3. dramanoun

    Theatrical plays in general

    Etymology: From δρᾶμα, from δράω

  4. dramanoun

    A dramatic situation in real life

    Etymology: From δρᾶμα, from δράω

  5. dramanoun

    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. Dramanoun

    A town in Greece.

    Etymology: From δρᾶμα, from δράω

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

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

  2. Dramanoun

    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. Dramanoun

    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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  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
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    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Veena
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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. AiR Atman in Ravi:

    This world is like a Drama.Everything that happens on the Earth-stage is produced and directed by creator.Then,why do we get upset,disturbed,and unhappy at what happens?

  2. Ruan Zongze:

    China has been restrained so far in reacting to Trump, but that is unlikely to last, things are gearing up to be a summer of drama between China and the United States.

  3. André Maurois:

    A great biography should, like the close of a great drama, leave behind it a feeling of serenity. We collect into a small bunch the flowers, the few flowers, which brought sweetness into a life, and present it as an offering to an accomplished destiny. It is the dying refrain of a completed song, the final verse of a finished poem.

  4. Raneshwar Sing Kishan:

    Farmers union leaders are already saying that the protest will last till the Govt wants and that means this protest is funded by Govt and the day Govt will ask them to stop drama , they will agree with the bills and ditch the poor farmers. The same thing was seen in Janlokpal movement witch gave citizens only dhokapal.

  5. Anuj Somany:

    In the day light, Wolves and Jackals pretend to verbally fight with each other only to delight the audience full of donkeys and monkeys and once out of sight of the spectators , they party together to eat the meat or sweet in the night . In this whole drama, the crafty foxes divide themselves into supporters and detractors of the conflict to propagate the matter to further befool the viewers & listeners.

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    a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it
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