drama

drama
dra|ma
W3 [ˈdra:mə US ˈdra:mə, ˈdræmə] n
[Date: 1500-1600; : Late Latin; Origin: Greek, 'action, theater plays', from dran 'to do']
1.) [U and C]
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.) [U]
acting - used when talking about it as a subject to study or teach
young actors coming out of drama school
our drama teacher
3.) [U and C]
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 sth
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

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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