First attested in 1374. From Old French comedie, from Latin cōmoedia, from Ancient Greek κωμῳδία (kōmōidia), from κῶμος (kōmos, “revel, carousing”) + either ᾠδή (ōidē, “song”) or ἀοιδός (aoidos, “singer, bard”), both from ἀείδω (aeidō, “I sing”).
- archaic Greece. a choric song of celebration or revel
- ancient Greece. a light, amusing play with a happy ending
- medieval Europe. a narrative poem with an agreeable ending (e.g., The Divine Comedy)
- (drama) A dramatic work that is light and humorous or satirical in tone
- (drama) The genre of such works
- 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
- a humorous event
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