Definition of “comedy” - English Dictionary

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“comedy” in British English

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comedynoun

uk /ˈkɒm.ə.di/ us /ˈkɑː.mə.di/

B1 [ C ] a (type of) film, play, or book that is intentionally funny either in its characters or its action:

His latest movie is described as a "romantic comedy".
I prefer Shakespeare's comedies to his tragedies.

[ U ] the humorous part of a situation:

The vicar's forgetting his lines in the middle of the speech provided some good comedy.
comedy of manners

a type of comedy in which the social behaviour of a particular group of people is made to appear silly

More examples

  • British politics remains very fertile ground for comedy.
  • What genre does the book fall into - comedy or tragedy?
  • 'Modern Times' is a classic comedy starring Charlie Chaplin, the grandaddy of comic actors.
  • He tried to do a comedy routine, but all his jokes fell flat .
  • She recast her novel as a musical comedy.

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

“comedy” in American English

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comedynoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈkɑm·ə·di/

a movie, play, or book that is intentionally amusing either in its characters or its action:

[ C ] A lot of Shakespeare’s plays are comedies.

Comedy is also the amusing part of a situation:

[ U ] When John forgot his lines in the middle of the speech it provided some good comedy.

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