burlettas
Drama Dra"ma (dr[aum]"m[.a] or dr[=a]"m[.a]; 277), n. [L. drama, Gr. dra^ma, fr. dra^n to do, act; cf. Lith. daryti.] 1. A composition, in prose or poetry, accommodated to action, and intended to exhibit a picture of human life, or to depict a series of grave or humorous actions of more than ordinary interest, tending toward some striking result. It is commonly designed to be spoken and represented by actors on the stage. [1913 Webster]

A divine pastoral drama in the Song of Solomon. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. A series of real events invested with a dramatic unity and interest. ``The drama of war.'' --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]

Westward the course of empire takes its way; The four first acts already past, A fifth shall close the drama with the day; Time's noblest offspring is the last. --Berkeley. [1913 Webster]

The drama and contrivances of God's providence. --Sharp. [1913 Webster]

3. Dramatic composition and the literature pertaining to or illustrating it; dramatic literature. [1913 Webster]

Note: The principal species of the drama are {tragedy} and {comedy}; inferior species are {tragi-comedy}, {melodrama}, {operas}, {burlettas}, and {farces}. [1913 Webster]

{The romantic drama}, the kind of drama whose aim is to present a tale or history in scenes, and whose plays (like those of Shakespeare, Marlowe, and others) are stories told in dialogue by actors on the stage. --J. A. Symonds.


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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