Meaning of “drama” in the English Dictionary

"drama" in British English

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uk /ˈdrɑː.mə/ us /ˈdræm.ə/

drama noun (THEATRE)

B1 [ C or U ] a play in a theatre or on television or radio, or plays and acting generally:

She's starred in several TV dramas.
He's the drama critic for the Times.
She studied English and drama at college.

used in expressions that refer to the type of play or film:

a courtroom drama
a historical drama

More examples

  • His new play is a raw drama about family life.
  • The local drama group is staging a production of the musical 'Grease'.
  • Next up on Channel 4 is the first episode of a new medical drama set in Chicago.
  • English drama has enjoyed a rebirth since the 1950s with writers like John Osborne, Harold Pinter and Tom Stoppard.
  • The show was a wonderful amalgam of dance, music and drama.

drama noun (EXCITEMENT)

B1 [ C ] an event or situation, especially an unexpected one, in which there is worry or excitement and usually a lot of action:

We had a little drama last night when the oil in the pan caught fire.

[ U ] the excitement and energy that is created by a lot of action and arguments:

As a lawyer, he enjoyed the drama of the courtroom.

More examples

  • Sally always makes a drama out of the smallest of events.
  • Everybody stopped to watch as the drama of the hostage crisis unfolded on live television.
  • There was a moment of great drama in Parliament today as two protestors ran into the debating chamber.
  • The two teams produced 90 minutes of enjoyable football in a seven-goal drama.
  • Her latest collection of photographs prove that no-one is better at capturing moments of high drama and deep emotion.

(Definition of “drama” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"drama" in American English

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us /ˈdrɑ·mə, ˈdræm·ə/

drama noun (THEATER)

[ C/U ] a play, esp. a serious one, written to be performed by actors, the writing of plays, or the art of showing plays:

[ C ] She’s been in several television dramas.
[ U ] Arthur Miller, a master of drama, wroteDeath of a Salesman.”

drama noun (EXCITEMENT)

[ U ] excitement and strong interest produced by an unexpected or surprising event or situation:

Watching on television was not the same as experiencing the drama of the event in person.

(Definition of “drama” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)