Definition of drama in US English:

drama

noun

  • 1A play for theater, radio, or television.

    ‘a gritty urban drama about growing up in Harlem’
    • ‘He scowls at the drama on the television and starts fiddling with the remote control.’
    • ‘The play is amusing and serious, and is a drama as well as being a musical of sorts.’
    • ‘In addition to her contribution to music, she acted in a number of television dramas and feature films.’
    • ‘It is a television drama from Japan that is based on a classic novel of the same name.’
    • ‘Snippets of music, radio dramas and newsreels play in the background and laundry hangs over the audience.’
    • ‘TWO interesting Latin American fact-based dramas are scheduled for radio this weekend.’
    • ‘Radio too picked up the story, first in editorial commentary and then as a radio drama.’
    • ‘But what this reading underplays is the extent to which the play is also a revenge drama.’
    • ‘A number of films, dramas and television serials pepper us with these everyday.’
    • ‘Anyone regularly watching the various hospital dramas on television may have a slightly biased view of serious illness.’
    • ‘She's produced single dramas for Radio 4 and youth dramas for local radio.’
    • ‘He grinned to himself as he realized that the conversation in the back of his van sounded like an espionage drama on the radio.’
    • ‘Television dramas were usually adaptations of stage plays, and invariably about upper classes.’
    • ‘The actor won his second Bafta of the year on Sunday night for his performance in the television drama.’
    • ‘Her next step into the world of acting was performing in television dramas in Delhi, with occasional roles in stage plays and operas.’
    • ‘His screenplay was written specifically as a feature, not as a series of short television dramas.’
    • ‘Egyptian films and television dramas are avidly consumed not just in Egypt but all over the Arab world.’
    • ‘Since then he has clocked up a number of small parts in minor television dramas and films.’
    • ‘One of several television dramas on nuclear issues in the 1980s, Threads is arguably the most visceral.’
    • ‘So I bought CDs of radio dramas from overseas and played them at home, and then later in the car.’
    play, show, piece, theatrical work, spectacle, dramatization
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    1. 1.1 Drama as a genre or style of literature.
      ‘Renaissance drama’
      • ‘The second half of the evening was filled with drama, comedy and mime from the senior classes.’
      • ‘His first major book mixed journalism with drama, semiotics and literary criticism.’
      • ‘The movies scheduled to be shown come from many genres including drama, comedy and thrillers.’
      • ‘At A-level, he hopes to take English literature, economics, drama and sports studies.’
      • ‘The show is a refreshing change, and brings a wholly new element to the medical drama genre.’
      • ‘She helps pay for her drama course at RADA by hiring out her services as a new form of advertising.’
      • ‘Bringing modern styles to Chinese drama, they are cultivating their own fans.’
      • ‘News, soaps and home-grown comedy and drama are considered the most important genres’
      • ‘She was a dynamic, passionate, and caring woman, who loved drama and literature as much as medicine.’
      • ‘The appeal of such romantic drama, of course, is by no means confined to Australia.’
      • ‘There were a range of optional subjects like Australian and American literature and drama.’
      • ‘She already had a degree and a diploma in drama, and at the age of 47, she got her Equity card.’
      • ‘I teach a course on black drama every other year and always include one of his plays.’
      • ‘In his case the innovation was even a new style of combined music and drama that we now know as opera.’
      • ‘In literature and drama lessons there is an increasing exposure to unsavoury material and language.’
      • ‘We all know the genre, the made-for-TV drama, loosely or tightly based on a sensational news story.’
      • ‘A bleak account of a nuclear attack on Kent and its aftermath, mixing drama with documentary styles.’
      • ‘He was a pioneer in various genres including satire, literary criticism, and drama.’
      • ‘But in the world of drama, he towers above other contemporaries.’
      • ‘If there's a genre lower on the commercial totem pole than drama, it might be theatre criticism.’
  • 2An exciting, emotional, or unexpected series of events or set of circumstances.

    ‘a hostage drama’
    ‘an afternoon of high drama at Fenway Park’
    • ‘I really enjoyed getting my head around the drama and the emotions.’
    • ‘This is all it takes for Daniel to find himself beaten and alone, a hostage in the drama of war.’
    • ‘The drama of that event is so perfectly evoked you can feel the fear in the room and hear bones crunch as the executioner's axe strikes home.’
    • ‘You watch the emotional drama taking place inside and outside without getting caught up in it.’
    • ‘The drama behind the scenes at most events was almost more exciting than what the audience witnessed.’
    • ‘Such anticipation as I had was more pleasure than pain, and the event itself passed without drama or incident.’
    • ‘The drama of the event had the staffers buzzing but drew shrugs from the children.’
    • ‘The drama started on the parade lap when he retired to the pits with a broken driveshaft.’
    • ‘The drama is in the emotional defences each soldier employs to survive the horrors they face.’
    • ‘Intimate cinematography and the drama of events unfolding makes for intense, absorbing viewing.’
    • ‘It takes a look at the key events that saw the drama unfold.’
    • ‘That was only the start of the dramas for the racing squad.’
    • ‘We experienced our share of adventures and dramas before putting three members of the team on the summit.’
    • ‘It's observation of character and situation is quite nice, but the drama is not only devoid of drama but also subtext.’
    • ‘Mother arrived on Friday, not without drama, of course and stayed until this morning.’
    • ‘Over the past 65 years Bromley Little Theatre has had more dramas than a Shakespeare play.’
    • ‘No drama of course except for the popping of the exhaust and the head-turning styling of the car.’
    • ‘One robber leapt over the counter's security screen and let the other through during the drama yesterday afternoon.’
    • ‘These little incidents made me think about the countless dramas and crises that happen to people every day.’
    • ‘The copy would be more vivid, pack a bigger impact and communicate better the drama of the event.’
    catastrophe, calamity, cataclysm, emergency, disaster
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Origin

Early 16th century: via late Latin from Greek drama, from dran ‘do, act’.

Pronunciation

drama

/ˈdrɑmə//ˈdrämə/