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Definition of "comedy" []

  • A dramatic work that is light and often humorous or satirical in tone and that usually contains a happy resolution of the thematic conflict. (noun)
  • The genre made up of such works. (noun)
  • A literary or cinematic work of a comic nature or that uses the themes or methods of comedy. (noun)
  • Popular entertainment composed of jokes, satire, or humorous performance. (noun)
  • The art of composing or performing comedy. (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.

Use "comedy" in a sentence
  • "One of the most consistent and effective tools in comedy is something I call ‘The Garden Path Routine.’"
  • "Unfortunately, a crucial ingredient in comedy is timing."
  • "While other kids picked up electric guitars and sports equipment, I was feverishly collecting comedy albums and reading anything that had the word comedy in it."