- 1[uncountable, countable] the amusing or strange aspect of a situation that is very different from what you expect; a situation like this The irony is that when he finally got the job, he discovered he didn't like it. It was one of life's little ironies.
- 2 [uncountable] the use of words that say the opposite of what you really mean, often as a joke and with a tone of voice that shows this “England is famous for its food,” she said with heavy irony. There was a note of irony in his voice. She said it without a hint/trace of irony.
NAmE//ˈaɪrəni//, NAmE//ˈaɪərni//(pl. ironies)