comedy

comedy [käm′ə dē]
n.
pl. comedies [ME & OFr comedie < L comoedia < Gr kōmōidia < kōmos, revel, carousal + aeidein, to sing: see ODE]
1. Obs. a drama or narrative with a happy ending or nontragic theme [Dante's Divine Comedy]
2.
a) any of various types of play or film with a more or less humorous treatment of characters and situation and a happy ending: see also COMEDY OF MANNERS, FARCE, HIGH COMEDY, LOW COMEDY
b) such plays collectively
c) the branch of drama having to do with such plays
d) the writing, acting, or theoretical principles of this kind of drama
3. a novel or any narrative having a comic theme, tone, etc.
4. the comic element in a literary work, or in life
5. an amusing or comic event or sequence of events
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cut the comedy
Slang to stop joking

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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