Definition of drama in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdrämə/


1A play for theater, radio, or television: a gritty urban drama about growing up in Harlem
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  • Snippets of music, radio dramas and newsreels play in the background and laundry hangs over the audience.
  • Television dramas were usually adaptations of stage plays, and invariably about upper classes.
  • In addition to her contribution to music, she acted in a number of television dramas and feature films.
play, show, piece, theatrical work, dramatization
1.1Drama as a genre or style of literature: Renaissance drama
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  • The movies scheduled to be shown come from many genres including drama, comedy and thrillers.
  • Bringing modern styles to Chinese drama, they are cultivating their own fans.
  • There were a range of optional subjects like Australian and American literature and drama.
2An exciting, emotional, or unexpected series of events or set of circumstances: a hostage drama an afternoon of high drama at Fenway Park
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  • The drama of that event is so perfectly evoked you can feel the fear in the room and hear bones crunch as the executioner's axe strikes home.
  • The drama of the event had the staffers buzzing but drew shrugs from the children.
  • Intimate cinematography and the drama of events unfolding makes for intense, absorbing viewing.
incident, scene, spectacle, crisis;
excitement, thrill, sensation;
disturbance, commotion, turmoil;
dramatics, theatrics


Early 16th century: via late Latin from Greek drama, from dran 'do, act'.

  • This came via late Latin from Greek drama, from dran ‘do, act’ source also of drastic (late 17th century). The Latin dramatis personae has been used since the mid 18th century for a list of the characters in a play.

Words that rhyme with drama

amah, armour (US armor), Atacama, Brahma, Bramah, charmer, cyclorama, dharma, diorama, disarmer, embalmer, farmer, Kama, karma, lama, llama, Matsuyama, panorama, Parma, pranayama, Rama, Samar, Surinamer, Vasco da Gama, Yama, Yokohama

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Syllabification: dra·ma

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