American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A dramatic work that is light and often humorous or satirical in tone and that usually contains a happy resolution of the thematic conflict.
- n. The genre made up of such works.
- n. A literary or cinematic work of a comic nature or that uses the themes or methods of comedy.
- n. Popular entertainment composed of jokes, satire, or humorous performance.
- n. The art of composing or performing comedy.
- n. A humorous element of life or literature: the human comedy of political campaigns.
- n. A humorous occurrence.
- idiom. comedy of errors A ludicrous event or sequence of events: The candidate's campaign turned out to be a political comedy of errors.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That branch of the drama which addresses itself primarily to the sense of the humorous or the ridiculous: opposed to tragedy, which appeals to the more serious and profound emotions. See drama and tragedy.
- n. In a restricted sense, a form of drama which is humorous without being broadly or grossly comical: distinguished from farce.
- n. A dramatic composition written in the style of comedy; a comic play or drama.
- n. Hence A humorous or comic incident or series of incidents in real life.
- n. A narrative poem: applied to the Divina Commedia (‘Divine Comedy’) of Dante. See Dante and Divina Commedia in the Cyclopedia of Names.
- n. archaic Greece. a choric song of celebration or revel
- n. ancient Greece. a light, amusing play with a happy ending
- n. medieval Europe. a narrative poem with an agreeable ending (e.g., The Divine Comedy)
- n. drama A dramatic work that is light and humorous or satirical in tone
- n. drama The genre of such works
- n. entertainment composed of jokes, satire, or humorous performance
- n. the art of composing comedy
- n. a humorous event
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A dramatic composition, or representation of a bright and amusing character, based upon the foibles of individuals, the manners of society, or the ludicrous events or accidents of life; a play in which mirth predominates and the termination of the plot is happy; -- opposed to
- n. a comic incident or series of incidents
- n. light and humorous drama with a happy ending
- 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"). (Wiktionary)
- 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). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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