Definition of "farce" []

  • A light dramatic work in which highly improbable plot situations, exaggerated characters, and often slapstick elements are used for humorous effect. (noun)
  • The branch of literature constituting such works. (noun)
  • The broad or spirited humor characteristic of such works. (noun)
  • A ludicrous, empty show; a mockery: The fixed election was a farce. (noun)
  • A seasoned stuffing, as for roasted turkey. (noun)
  • A broadly humorous play based on the exploitation of improbable situations (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 comedy represented by works of this kind (noun)
  • A ludicrous situation or action (noun)
  • To enliven (a speech, etc) with jokes (verb)
  • To stuff (meat, fowl, etc) with forcemeat (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "farce" in a sentence
  • "The French word farce is derived from farcir, going back to the Latin farcire which meant "to stuff.""
  • "KING (voice-over): The 7 Line winds through the diverse neighbors of Queens, immigration reality, the mayor says, compared to what he calls the farce of a debate taking place in Washington."
  • "The AWB on Monday said it would refuse to take part in what it called the farce of the Tebbutt Commission."