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top banana

noun

Simple Definition of top banana

  • : the most important or powerful person in a group or organization

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of top banana

  1. :  the leading comedian in a burlesque show; broadly :  kingpin 2

Examples of top banana in a sentence

  1. He's the mob's top banana.



Origin of top banana

from a burlesque routine involving three comedians in which the one that gets the punch line also gets a banana


First Known Use: 1952


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