Quiz: Remember the definition of mal de mer?
1590s (first recorded use in English is in Ben Jonson), from or in imitation of Latin parodia "parody," from Greek paroidia "burlesque song or poem," from para- "beside, parallel to" (see para- (1), in this case, "mock-") + oide "song, ode" (see ode). The meaning "poor or feeble imitation" is from 1830. Related: Parodic; parodical.
c.1745, from parody (n.). Related: Parodied; parodying.
In art, music, or literature, a satire that mimics the style of its object.