Definition of "drama" []

  • A prose or verse composition, especially one telling a serious story, that is intended for representation by actors impersonating the characters and performing the dialogue and action. (noun)
  • A serious narrative work or program for television, radio, or the cinema. (noun)
  • Theatrical plays of a particular kind or period: Elizabethan drama. (noun)
  • The art or practice of writing or producing dramatic works. (noun)
  • A situation or succession of events in real life having the dramatic progression or emotional effect characteristic of a play: the drama of the prisoner's escape and recapture. (noun)
  • A work to be performed by actors on stage, radio, or television; play (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The genre of literature represented by works intended for the stage (noun)
  • The art of the writing and production of plays (noun)
  • A situation or sequence of events that is highly emotional, tragic, or turbulent (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "drama" in a sentence
  • "But mostly we learned that young people use the term drama because it is empowering."
  • "But American Horror Story — Glee cocreator Ryan Murphy's new "psychosexual" his word drama kicks it up more than a few notches."
  • "Or, if they're the instigators, the word drama lets teenagers feel that they're participating in something innocuous or even funny, rather than having to admit that they've hurt someone's feelings."