co·​me·​di·​an | \ kə-ˈmē-dē-ən How to pronounce comedian (audio) \

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

You'll like my friend. He's a real comedian. struggled to eke out a living as a comedian in nightclubs
Recent Examples on the Web In an Instagram Live on Saturday, the actress and comedian responded to recent comments Williams made about Shepard taking over her daytime slot. Kelly Wynne,, 10 May 2022 The prolific actor and comedian writes about her path to success, first at Saturday Night Live then on Parks and Recreation, sharing the sage wisdom she's collected along the way. Ysolt Usigan, Woman's Day, 9 May 2022 On April 30, the 42-year-old actress and comedian went to Times Square to commemorate the upcoming release of her new Netflix comedy movie Senior Year. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 6 May 2022 Along with excelling behind the camera, this multihyphenate is also an actress and comedian. Okla Jones, Essence, 6 May 2022 Jess Elgene, a 27-year-old actress and comedian in New York City, doesn’t mind nepotism babies and would even venture to call herself a fan. New York Times, 2 May 2022 The actor and comedian grew up on Staten Island and lost his father, a New York City firefighter, on 9/11. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 27 Apr. 2022 The performer recounts a childhood defined by loss and shares tales from her climb to success as an actress and comedian. Washington Post, 27 Apr. 2022 Topline Actor and comedian Gilbert Gottfried, best known for his raspy voice and pointed delivery, died at age 67, according to a statement from his family posted to his Twitter account Tuesday. Marisa Dellatto, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of comedian

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Comedian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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co·​me·​di·​an | \ kə-ˈmē-dē-ən How to pronounce comedian (audio) \

Kids Definition of comedian

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

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