Definition of drama noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  1. 1   [countable] a play for the theatre, television or radio a costume/historical, etc. drama Wordfinderact, cast, drama, entrance, exit, line, play, role, scene, speech Wordfinderchat show, documentary, drama, game show, news, programme, quiz, reality TV, sitcom, television Wordfindercomedy, denouement, dialogue, drama, dramatic irony, play, scene, set, soliloquy, speech See related entries: Elements of a play, Radio broadcasting, Types of film, Types of play, TV shows
  2. 2   [uncountable] plays considered as a form of literature classical/Elizabethan/modern, etc. drama a drama critic drama school a drama student I studied English and Drama at college. Wordfinderauthor, book, classic, critic, drama, fiction, genre, literature, poetry, write See related entries: Types of play, Subjects and courses
  3. 3  [countable] an exciting event A powerful human drama was unfolding before our eyes.
  4. 4[uncountable] the fact of being exciting You couldn't help being thrilled by the drama of the situation.
  5. Word Originearly 16th cent.: via late Latin from Greek drama, from dran ‘do, act’.Extra examples Art should deal with the human drama and tragedy of everyday life. He’s a drama major at Howard University. It is very difficult to write good drama. Millions follow this hospital drama twice a week. She stars in a new one-hour drama about a woman judge. The actor was involved in a real-life drama when he was held up at gunpoint last night. The afternoon was full of drama and excitement. The argument added a touch of drama to an otherwise dull day. The arrival of the police heightened the drama further. The media loved all the drama surrounding their divorce. The movie is a heart-warming family drama. a collection of people watching the drama unfold outside the nightclub a gritty police drama a powerful television drama about city life the actors in a drama the drama critic for the ‘Sunday Times’ the first episode of a new police drama produced for television It is a lavish costume drama set in the early twentieth century. Television drama is a powerful cultural medium. The story easily fits into the standard mould of a courtroom drama.Idioms
    make a drama out of something
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    to make a small problem or event seem more important or serious than it really is
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: drama