- The definition of a parody is an imitation of something, particularly literature or a film, that is meant to make fun of it.
An example of parody is the film Scary Movie.
- a literary or musical work imitating the characteristic style of some other work or of a writer or composer in a satirical or humorous way, usually by applying it to an inappropriate subject
- the art of writing such works
- a poor or weak imitation
Origin of parodyFrench parodie ; from Classical Latin parodia ; from Classical Greek parōidia, burlesque song ; from para-, beside (see para-) + ōidē, song (see ode)
- a. A literary or artistic work that uses imitation, as of the characteristic style of an author or a work, for comic effect or ridicule.b. A genre, as in literature, comprising such works.
- Something so bad as to be equivalent to intentional mockery; a travesty: The trial was a parody of justice.
- Music The practice of reworking an already established composition, especially the incorporation into the Mass of material borrowed from other works, such as motets or madrigals.
transitive verbpar·o·died, par·o·dy·ing, par·o·dies
Origin of parodyLatin parōdia, from Greek parōidiā : para-, subsidiary to; see para–1 + aoidē, ōidē, song; see wed-2 in Indo-European roots.
- pa·rod′ic , pa·rod′i·cal
(third-person singular simple present parodies, present participle parodying, simple past and past participle parodied)
- To make a parody of something.
- The comedy movie parodied the entire Western genre.
From Latin parodia, from Ancient Greek παρῳδία (parōdia, “parody”), from παρά (para, “besides”) + ᾠδή (ōidē, “song”).