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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First Known Use of comedian

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of comedian was in 1580

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8 May 2021

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“Comedian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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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