drama Definition

  • 1a play for theater, radio, or television
  • 2an exciting, emotional, or unexpected event or situation

Using drama: Examples

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

  • Example

    She is studying drama at university.

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    The drama club is putting on a production of Romeo and Juliet.

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    The movie was full of drama and suspense.

  • Example

    There was a lot of drama at the office today.

drama Synonyms and Antonyms

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Antonyms for drama

Idioms Using drama

  • to react to a problem or difficulty in an overly emotional or exaggerated way


    She always makes a drama out of a crisis, even if it's something small like a flat tire.

  • to leave personal problems or conflicts outside of a particular situation or environment


    We need to leave the drama at the door and focus on the task at hand.

  • drama-free

    a situation or environment that is free from conflict or emotional turmoil


    I just want a drama-free vacation where I can relax and enjoy myself.

Phrases with drama

  • a television or radio drama series dealing typically with daily events in the lives of the same group of characters


    My mom loves watching soap operas every afternoon.

  • a person who habitually responds to situations in a melodramatic way


    She's such a drama queen. She always overreacts to everything.

  • a literary technique where the audience knows more about a situation than the characters do, creating tension and suspense


    In Romeo and Juliet, the audience knows that Juliet is not really dead, but Romeo does not, creating dramatic irony.

Origins of drama

from Greek 'drama', meaning 'action'


Summary: drama in Brief

The term 'drama' [ˈdrɑːmə] refers to a play for theater, radio, or television, as well as an exciting, emotional, or unexpected event or situation. It encompasses academic study, as in 'She is studying drama at university,' and everyday usage, as in 'There was a lot of drama at the office today.' 'Drama' extends into phrases like 'soap opera,' and idioms like 'make a drama out of a crisis,' denoting overreaction, and 'leave the drama at the door,' implying a need to focus on the task at hand.

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