noun (plural -dies) Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin comoedia, from Latin, drama with a happy ending, from Greek kōmōidia, from kōmos revel + aeidein to sing — more at ode Date: 14th century 1. a. a medieval narrative that ends happily <
Dante's Divine Comedy
b. a literary work written in a comic style or treating a comic theme 2. a. a drama of light and amusing character and typically with a happy ending b. the genre of dramatic literature dealing with the comic or with the serious in a light or satirical manner — compare tragedy 3. a ludicrous or farcical event or series of events <
a comedy of errors
4. a. the comic element <
the comedy of many life situations
b. humorous entertainment <
nightclub comedy

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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