[drah-muh, dram-uh]
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  1. 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.
  2. the branch of literature having such compositions as its subject; dramatic art or representation.
  3. the art dealing with the writing and production of plays.
  4. any situation or series of events having vivid, emotional, conflicting, or striking interest or results: the drama of a murder trial.
  5. the quality of being dramatic.

Origin of drama

1505–15; < Late Latin < Greek drâma action (of a play), equivalent to drâ(n) to do + -ma noun suffix
Related formsmin·i·dra·ma, noun
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Historical Examples of drama

  • Her woman's intuition divined a sequel to the afternoon's drama.


    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.

British Dictionary definitions for drama


  1. a work to be performed by actors on stage, radio, or television; play
  2. the genre of literature represented by works intended for the stage
  3. the art of the writing and production of plays
  4. a situation or sequence of events that is highly emotional, tragic, or turbulent

Word Origin for drama

C17: from Late Latin: a play, from Greek: something performed, from drān to do
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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.

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