Definition of drama in English:


Syllabification: dra·ma
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'.

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