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sitcom

[sit-kom]
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noun Informal.
  1. situation comedy.
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Origin of sitcom

First recorded in 1960–65; by shortening
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  • They were looking at one another like a couple of googly-eyed kids at the end of a date in a sitcom.

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    Cory Doctorow


British Dictionary definitions for sitcom

sitcom

noun
  1. an informal term for situation comedy
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Word Origin and History for sitcom

n.

1964, from the first elements of situation comedy, a phrase attested from 1953 of television shows, 1943 of radio programs; see situation.

Even Bing Crosby has succumbed to series TV and will appear in a sitcom as an electrical engineer who happens to break into song once a week. ["Life," Sept. 18, 1964]
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