- a composition in prose or verse presenting in dialogue or pantomime a story involving conflict or contrast of character, especially one intended to be acted on the stage; a play.
- the branch of literature having such compositions as its subject; dramatic art or representation.
- the art dealing with the writing and production of plays.
- any situation or series of events having vivid, emotional, conflicting, or striking interest or results: the drama of a murder trial.
- the quality of being dramatic.
Origin of drama
Related Wordsplay, theater, farce, show, scene, production, comedy, tragedy, melodrama, emotion, tension, excitement, spectacle, climax, dramatization, vehicle, showmanship, Broadway, footlights, dramaturgy
Examples from the Web for drama
Nowhere to be found is the anguish, the drama, the pain of an athlete on that level who considering walking away.The Story of the World’s Greatest Cricket Player
December 24, 2014
Few series arrive with the buzz of Aaron Sorkin's HBO drama.'The Newsroom' Ended As It Began: Weird, Controversial, and Noble
December 15, 2014
The drama transfixed the normally calm Sydney, known for its laid-back vibe and relaxed population.Jihadi Siege in Sydney Ends in Gunfight
Courtney Subramanian, Lennox Samuels, Chris Allbritton
December 15, 2014
Kerry Washington - Scandal Is there room for only one Shonda Rhimes darling in Best Actress in a Drama?
It deserves all the trophies in the world, and yet still somehow was snubbed for Drama Series at the most recent Emmys.
Her woman's intuition divined a sequel to the afternoon's drama.Viviette
William J. Locke
(§ 11), likens Plautine drama to "an opera of the early schools."The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
I now come to a point in the drama which at once demands and defies explanation.
There is one astonishing instance of this towards the end of the drama.
"Hamlet" is a drama of pathetic weakness, strengthened by a drama of revenge and jealousy.
- a work to be performed by actors on stage, radio, or television; play
- the genre of literature represented by works intended for the stage
- the art of the writing and production of plays
- a situation or sequence of events that is highly emotional, tragic, or turbulent
Word Origin and History for drama
1510s, from Late Latin drama "play, drama," from Greek drama (genitive dramatos) "play, action, deed," from dran "to do, act, perform" (especially some great deed, whether good or bad), from PIE *dere- "to work." Drama queen attested by 1992.