Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English homepage

Date: 1500-1600
Language: Late Latin
Origin: Greek, 'action, theater plays', from dran 'to do'

drama

noun
     
Related topics: Arts, Literature
dra‧ma W3
1 [uncountable and countable]A a play for the theatre, television, radio etc, usually a serious one, or plays in general [↪ comedy]:
the great traditions of ancient Greek drama
a TV/television/radio drama
the award-winning TV drama 'Prime Suspect'
a new drama series for Saturday nights
a drama critic
a courtroom drama (=one that takes place in a court of law)
a lavish costume drama (=one about events in a past century)
He plays a Russian spy in the comedy drama 'Sleepers'.
2 [uncountable] acting - used when talking about it as a subject to study or teach:
young actors coming out of drama school
our drama teacher
3 [uncountable and countable] an exciting event or set of events, or the quality of being exciting:
Maggie's life is always full of drama.
accidents, burst pipes, and other domestic dramas
a night of high drama (=very exciting events)
the drama of the moment
4

make a drama out of something

to become upset about a small problem and make it seem worse than it really is:
Brian always makes such a drama out of everything.
5

drama queen

a woman or homosexual man who tends to behave as if situations are worse than they really are - used to show disapproval
WORD FOCUS: film WORD FOCUS: film
types of film: comedy, romantic comedy, drama, thriller, western, action film, horror film, war film, art house film, silent film, feature film

films that use drawings or models: cartoon, animation, animated film

films in general: cinema

where you go to see a film : cinema British English/movie theater American English, multiplex

the people in a film: actor, actress, star, cast

the people who make a film: director, producer, film crew, cameraman/camerawoman, scriptwriter

the music for a film: soundtrack

the words and the instructions to the actors: screenplay

a short film advertising another film: trailer


See also
film

Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.

Explore our topic dictionary