Part of speech: noun
Origin: English, early 20th century
A movie, play, or broadcast program that combines elements of drama and comedy.
Examples of Dramedy in a sentence
"Netflix knows my tastes well and always suggests the latest dramedy."
"She is known for her comedic skills, but her last project was more of a dramedy."
Popularity Over Time
Turn on your TV and you can find sitcoms and crime dramas. You know what you’re going to get. But then there are shows that blend genres. In a dramedy, you might have humorous actors playing out serious situations — or absurd realities with important consequences. However you want to blend your comedy and drama, it’s good entertainment.
Did you Know?
While the word “dramedy” is a 20th-century creation, the concept of a comedy-drama hybrid is nothing new. In literature, Greek philosopher Aristotle brought up the idea of a tragedy with a dual ending. Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and “The Merchant of Venice” could be called tragicomedy, and more modern playwrights, such as Samuel Beckett and Tom Stoppard, have specialized in the genre.