co·​me·​di·​an | \kə-ˈmē-dē-ən \

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

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Examples of comedian in a Sentence

You'll like my friend. He's a real comedian. struggled to eke out a living as a comedian in nightclubs

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The black-tie gala has served as a night where the press, the president and a keynote comedian trade jabs and advocate for free press. Vivian Salama, WSJ, "‘Hamilton’ Biographer Ron Chernow, Not Comedian, to Star at Next White House Correspondents’ Dinner," 19 Nov. 2018 To kick off the celebration, Glamour is hosting our second annual Women of the Year Live Summit at Spring Studios in New York City—led by comedian Phoebe Robinson—followed by our annual awards ceremony on Monday, November 12. Glamour, "Follow Glamour's 2018 Women of the Year Summit Live," 11 Nov. 2018 To kick off the show, Saturday Night Live comedians Kate McKinnon and Kenan Thompson came on stage armed with a few jokes about the lack of diversity in Hollywood. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "7 Super Awkward Moments From the 2018 Emmys You Definitely Missed," 18 Sep. 2018 Ethan Miller/Getty Images On Tuesday, comedian Norm Macdonald spoke to the Hollywood Reporter in defense of nonpolitical comedy. Constance Grady, Vox, "Norm Macdonald spent an interview defending Roseanne Barr and Louis C.K.," 12 Sep. 2018 Grande got engaged to Saturday Night Live comedian Pete Davidson after a whirlwind romance that started less than two months ago. Eileen Reslen, Seventeen, "Ariana Grande Just Rocked Her Engagement Ring in a New Music Video," 19 July 2018 In a video published by TMZ, comedian George Lopez can be seen pretending to urinate on the commander-in-chief's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with the help of a water bottle. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "George Lopez pretends to urinate on Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame star," 12 July 2018 Add Sarah Palin to the list of people offended by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen’s style of humor. NBC News, "Sarah Palin accuses Sacha Baron Cohen of duping her for Showtime series," 11 July 2018 But comedian Michael Torpey says a comedy trivia show is actually a perfect way to highlight the the absurdity of the student loan problem, which now impacts about 44 million Americans—or 18% of all U.S. adults. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "New TruTV Game Show Lets Student Borrowers Compete to Tame Their Debt," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of comedian

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of comedian

: 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


co·​me·​di·​an | \kə-ˈmē-dē-ən \

Kids Definition of comedian

1 : a performer who makes people laugh

2 : an amusing person

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