Meaning of parody

par•o•dy

Pronunciation: (par'u-dē), [key]
— n., pl. v., -dies, -died, -dy•ing.
—n.
  1. a humorous or satirical imitation of a serious piece of literature or writing: his hilarious parody of Hamlet's soliloquy.
  2. the genre of literary composition represented by such imitations.
  3. a burlesque imitation of a musical composition.
  4. any humorous, satirical, or burlesque imitation, as of a person, event, etc.
  5. the use in the 16th century of borrowed material in a musical setting of the Mass
  6. a poor or feeble imitation or semblance; travesty: His acting is a parody of his past greatness.
—v.t.
  1. to imitate (a composition, author, etc.) for purposes of ridicule or satire.
  2. to imitate poorly or feebly; travesty.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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