Comedy Definition

kŏmĭ-dē
comedies
noun
comedies
A drama or narrative with a happy ending or nontragic theme.
Dante's Divine Comedy.
Webster's New World
Any of various types of play or film with a more or less humorous treatment of characters and situation and a happy ending.
Webster's New World
The genre made up of such works.
American Heritage
Such plays or films collectively.
Webster's New World
The branch of drama having to do with such plays.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
tragedy
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idiom
comedy of errors
  • A ludicrous event or sequence of events:

    The candidate's campaign turned out to be a political comedy of errors.

American Heritage

Other Word Forms of Comedy

Noun

Singular:
comedy
Plural:
comedies

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Comedy

Origin of Comedy

  • 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 wed-2 in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary

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