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First attested in 1374. From French comédie < [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] cōmoedia < Ancient Greek κωμῳδία (kōmōidia) < κῶμος (kōmos), “‘revel, caurousing’”) + either ᾠδή (ōidē), “‘song’”) or ἀοιδός (aoidos), “‘singer, bard’”), both from ἀείδω (aeidō), “‘I sing’”).
- archaic Greece. a choric song of celebration or revel
- ancient Greece. a light, amusing play with a happy ending
- medieval Europe. a narrative poem with an agreeable ending (e.g., The Divine Comedy)
- (drama) A dramatic work that is light and humorous or satirical in tone
- (drama) The genre of such works
- entertainment composed of jokes, satire, or humorous performance
- the art of composing comedy
- a humorous event
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