Pronunciation: (par'u-dē), [key]
—n., pl. -dies,
—v., -died, -dy•ing.
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 (par'ody Mass").
6. a poor or feeble imitation or semblance; travesty: His acting is a parody of his past greatness.
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.