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Etymology

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).

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comedy

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comed

comedy (comed)
  1. archaic Greece. a choric song of celebration or revel
  2. ancient Greece. a light, amusing play with a happy ending
  3. medieval Europe. a narrative poem with an agreeable ending (e.g., The Divine Comedy)
  4. (drama) A dramatic work that is light and humorous or satirical in tone
  5. (drama) The genre of such works
  6. entertainment composed of jokes, satire, or humorous performance
  7. the art of composing comedy
  8. a humorous event

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