comedian

noun co·me·di·an \ kə-ˈmē-dē-ən \
|Updated on: 13 Jun 2018

Definition of comedian

1 archaic
a : a writer of comedies
b : an actor who plays comic roles
2 : a comical individual; specifically : a professional entertainer who uses any of various physical or verbal means to be amusing

Examples of comedian in a Sentence

  1. You'll like my friend. He's a real comedian.

  2. struggled to eke out a living as a comedian in nightclubs

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First Known Use of comedian

1580

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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COMEDIAN Defined for English Language Learners

comedian

Definition of comedian for English Language Learners

  • : a person who performs in front of an audience and makes people laugh by telling jokes or funny stories or by acting in a way that is funny : an actor who plays roles that make people laugh

  • : a person who is funny or makes people laugh


COMEDIAN Defined for Kids

comedian

noun co·me·di·an \ kə-ˈmē-dē-ən \

Definition of comedian for Students

1 : a performer who makes people laugh
2 : an amusing person


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