- 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.
- 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 of comedyMiddle English and amp; Old French comedie ; from Classical Latin comoedia ; from Classical Greek kōmōidia ; from kōmos, revel, carousal + aeidein, to sing: see ode
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- 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 of comedyMiddle 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).
(countable and uncountable, plural comedies)
- archaic Greece. a choric song of celebration or revel
- ancient Greece. a light, amusing play with a happy ending
- medieval Europe. a narrative poem with an agreeable ending (e.g., The Divine Comedy)
- (drama) A dramatic work that is light and humorous or satirical in tone
- (drama) The genre of such works
- entertainment composed of jokes, satire, or humorous performance
- Why would you be watching comedy when there are kids starving right now?
- the art of composing comedy
- a humorous event
First attested in 1374. From Old French comedie, from Latin cōmoedia, from Ancient Greek κωμῳδία (kōmōidia), from κῶμος (kōmos, “revel, carousing”) + either ᾠδή (ōidē, “song”) or ἀοιδός (aoidos, “singer, bard”), both from ἀείδω (aeidō, “I sing”).