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

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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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Andy Borowitz is a Times best-selling author and a comedian who has written for The New Yorker since 1998. Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker, "British Ambassador Concealed Insults from Trump by Writing Messages in English," 8 July 2019 So was Louis CK when he was berated on Twitter by fans and fellow comedians for mocking Parkland shooting survivors during a set. NBC News, "Stephanie Ruhle: A Gen Xer and a millennial discuss Aziz Ansari's #MeToo comeback," 7 July 2019 Love joins a list of lauded comedians to host main stage festivities, including Kevin Hart and Nephew Tommy. CBS News, "Gayle King to interview Michelle Obama at Essence Festival in New Orleans this Saturday – how to watch," 5 July 2019 Ronald Reagan and Jane Wyman married in Crown Point as did comedian Red Skelton, football star Red Grange and cowboy actor Tom Mix. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana was a scandalous marriage mill and Valentino took advantage," 4 July 2019 Like Offensive, Good Talk with Anthony Jeselnik will feature other comedians as guests. Seth Abramovitch, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why Anthony Jeselnik Calls His New Talk Show 'Night King Tonight'," 1 July 2019 The show uses special technology to reimagine live comedians as 3D characters. Kynala Phillips, Essence, "BBC Under Fire For ‘Racist’ Meghan Markle Segment," 26 June 2019 Ms Tonkovich thinks the tone of Hannah Gadsby, a Australian comedian, is particularly effective. A.v. | New York, The Economist, "Why William Hogarth’s polemics were so successful," 25 June 2019 Corruption top concern in Guatemala Guatemala's incumbent president, Jimmy Morales, a former TV comedian, was elected in 2015 with no prior political experience and campaigned to root out corruption, which has long been tied to political leaders. Daniel González, azcentral, "Guatemalans in US don't expect Guatemala's next president will improve conditions driving migration," 24 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce comedian (audio) \

Kids Definition of comedian

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

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