- The definition of a comedy is a play, film or book that is light, funny and generally has a happy ending or any entertainment or amusement that is funny.
- An example of a comedy is Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.
- An example of a comedy is a show made up of joke telling.
comedy definition by Webster's New World
- Obsolete a drama or narrative with a happy ending or nontragic theme: Dante's Divine Comedy
- any of various types of play or film with a more or less humorous treatment of characters and situation and a happy ending
- such plays collectively
- the branch of drama having to do with such plays
- the writing, acting, or theoretical principles of this kind of drama
- a novel or any narrative having a comic theme, tone, etc.
- the comic element in a literary work, or in life
- an amusing or comic event or sequence of events
Origin: Middle English and amp; Old French comedie ; from Classical Latin comoedia ; from Classical Greek kōmōidia ; from kōmos, revel, carousal plush aeidein, to sing: see ode
comedy definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. com·e·dies
- a. A dramatic work that is light and often humorous or satirical in tone and that usually contains a happy resolution of the thematic conflict.b. The genre made up of such works.
- A literary or cinematic work of a comic nature or that uses the themes or methods of comedy.
- Popular entertainment composed of jokes, satire, or humorous performance.
- The art of composing or performing comedy.
- A humorous element of life or literature: the human comedy of political campaigns.
- A humorous occurrence.
Origin: Middle English comedie, from Medieval Latin cōmēdia, from Latin cōmoedia, from Greek kōmōidia, from kōmōidos, comic actor : kōmos, revel + aoidos, singer (from aeidein, to sing; see wed-2 in Indo-European roots).
comedy - Cultural Definition
A work — play, story, novel, or film — that ends happily for the main character (or protagonist) and contains humor to some degree. A comedy may involve unhappy outcomes for some of the characters. Shylock, for example, in The Merchant of Venice, a comedy by William Shakespeare, is disgraced in the play. The ancient Greeks and Romans produced comedies, and great numbers have been written in modern times.
comedy - Phrases/Idioms
cut the comedy
comedy of errors