top banana


top banana

noun

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

Full Definition of TOP BANANA

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

Examples of TOP BANANA

  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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