- The definition of a drama is a story or situation which usually presents some sort of conflict.
- An example of drama is Romeo and Juliet.
- An example of drama is a break-up caused by the boyfriend cheating with the girlfriend's best friend.
The play, Hamlet, is a Shakesperean drama.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- a literary composition that tells a story, usually of human conflict, by means of dialogue and action, to be performed by actors; play; now often specif., any play that is not a comedy
- the art or profession of writing, acting in, or producing plays
- plays collectively: Elizabethan drama
- a series of events so interesting, vivid, etc. as to resemble those of a play
- the quality of being dramatic
Origin: Late Latin ; from Classical Greek an action, drama ; from dran, to do ; from Indo-European base an unverified form drā-, to work from source Latvian darīt, to do
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- a. A prose or verse composition, especially one telling a serious story, that is intended for representation by actors impersonating the characters and performing the dialogue and action.b. A serious narrative work or program for television, radio, or the cinema.
- Theatrical plays of a particular kind or period: Elizabethan drama.
- The art or practice of writing or producing dramatic works.
- A situation or succession of events in real life having the dramatic progression or emotional effect characteristic of a play: the drama of the prisoner's escape and recapture.
- The quality or condition of being dramatic: a summit meeting full of drama.
Origin: Late Latin drāma, drāmat-, from Greek, from drān, to do, perform.