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[drah-muh, dram-uh] /ˈdrɑ mə, ˈdræm ə/
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
1505-15; < Late Latin < Greek drâma action (of a play), equivalent to drâ(n) to do + -ma noun suffix
Related forms
minidrama, noun Unabridged
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  • The manhood of Albert Evan had become a factor in the drama.

    Sons and Fathers Harry Stillwell Edwards
  • Yet "nothing appears more immoral to the Japanese than our drama."

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • The drama of the past is almost everything, the drama of the present next to nothing.

    Play-Making William Archer
  • Other actors in the drama, unconvicted, are also dead or nameless wanderers.

    The Story of the Outlaw Emerson Hough
  • He was lost in an article on the drama in a current magazine.

    Bambi Marjorie Benton Cooke
British Dictionary definitions for drama


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
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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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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