drama

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈdrɑːmə/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈdrɑmə, ˈdræmə/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(drämə, dramə)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
dra•ma /ˈdrɑmə, ˈdræmə/USA pronunciation   n., pl.  -mas. 
  1. Literature a presentation in dialogue and action of a story involving conflict of characters, to be performed on the stage;
    play:[countable]historical dramas.
  2. Literature dramatic art or literature in general:[uncountable]Lovers of drama will hate this play.
  3. an event or series of events having conflicting elements:[uncountable]the drama of the election year.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
dra•ma  (drämə, dramə),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Literaturea composition in prose or verse presenting in dialogue or pantomime a story involving conflict or contrast of character, esp. one intended to be acted on the stage;
    a play.
  2. Literaturethe branch of literature having such compositions as its subject;
    dramatic art or representation.
  3. Literaturethe 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.
  • Greek drâma action (of a play), equivalent. to drâ(n) to do + -ma noun, nominal suffix
  • Late Latin
  • 1505–15

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
drama /ˈdrɑːmə/ n
  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
Etymology: 17th Century: from Late Latin: a play, from Greek: something performed, from drān to do
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