comedy Definition

  • 1a play, movie, or broadcast program intended to make an audience laugh
  • 2the genre of dramatic literature dealing with humorous and satirical events

Using comedy: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "comedy" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The comedy show was hilarious.

  • Example

    She enjoys watching romantic comedies.

  • Example

    The play is a classic example of Shakespearean comedy.

comedy Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for comedy

Idioms Using comedy

  • a comedy of errors

    a situation where a series of mistakes and mishaps lead to a humorous outcome


    The play is a comedy of errors, with mistaken identities and misunderstandings leading to a hilarious conclusion.

  • a type of comedy that is intended to be funny and entertaining


    The movie is a laughing comedy that will have you in stitches.

  • a type of comedy that is sophisticated and intellectual, often using wordplay and satire


    The play is an example of high comedy, with witty dialogue and clever puns.

Phrases with comedy

  • a type of comedy that deals with serious and often macabre subjects in a humorous or satirical way


    The movie is a black comedy about a family's struggle with death.

  • a movie or play that deals with love in a light-hearted and humorous way


    She loves watching romantic comedies on date nights.

  • a type of comedy that relies on exaggerated physical movements, gestures, and facial expressions for humor


    The actor's performance in the physical comedy had the audience in stitches.

Origins of comedy

from Greek 'komoidia', meaning 'revel song'


Summary: comedy in Brief

The term 'comedy' [ˈkɒmədi] refers to a genre of entertainment that aims to make people laugh. It can be a play, movie, or broadcast program, and it can deal with humorous and satirical events. Examples include romantic comedies and physical comedies, as well as idioms like 'a comedy of errors,' which describes a situation where a series of mistakes leads to a humorous outcome.

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