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First attested in 1374. From Old French comedie, from Latin cōmoedia, from Ancient Greek κωμῳδία (kōmōidía), from κῶμος (kômos, “revel, carousing”) + either ᾠδή (ōidḗ, “song”) or ἀοιδός (aoidós, “singer, bard”), both from ἀείδω (aeídō, “I sing”).
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈkɑmədi/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈkɒmədi/
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- Hyphenation: com‧e‧dy
- (countable, historical) A choric song of celebration or revel, especially in Ancient Greece.
- (countable) A light, amusing play with a happy ending.
- (countable, Medieval Europe) A narrative poem with an agreeable ending (e.g., The Divine Comedy).
- (countable, drama) A dramatic work that is light and humorous or satirical in tone.
- (drama) The genre of such works.
- (uncountable) Entertainment composed of jokes, satire, or humorous performance.
- Why would you be watching comedy when there are kids starving right now?
- The art of composing comedy.
- (countable) A humorous event.
a choric song of celebration or revel
a light, amusing play with a happy ending
(medieval Europe) a narrative poem with an agreeable ending
dramatic work that is light and humorous or satirical in tone
the genre of such works