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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Melanie Hamlett is a comedian, writer, and storyteller from New York City who’s now living in Europe. Melanie Hamlett, Glamour, "Men Rigged a World Built for Them and Called It ‘Neutral’—Women Call Bullshit," 7 May 2019 Rickey Thompson is a comedian, actor, host, model, and dancer who commands an audience of millions. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rickey Thompson Spills the Tea on the Royal Baby," 25 Apr. 2019 But comedian Tommy Chong and NFL star Antonio Brown, AKA the Pineapple and Hippo, are far from the first famous faces to grace us with their haunting masks and questionable singing voices. Megan Stein, Country Living, "We'd Like to Remind You That Ryan Reynolds Was Once a Unicorn on 'Masked Singer'," 10 Jan. 2019 Of course, Tiffany is a comedian and this was definitely a roast, not a serious diss. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Lauren Jauregui May Have Weighed in on Tiffany Haddish's Fifth Harmony Diss During VMAs 2018," 22 Aug. 2018 But Griffin is too savvy a comedian to bore an audience with her troubles. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: Kathy Griffin Comes Back With a Vengeance in 'Laugh Your Head Off' Tour," 27 June 2018 The group is then posed the question of who is most likely to be a stand-up comedian. Rebecca Schiller, Billboard, "How Well Do Calpurnia Know Each Other? (Video)," 15 June 2018 Adam Carolla is a comedian, carpenter, podcaster, filmmaker, best-selling author, race car driver and entrepreneur. Charles Fleming,, "How Adam Carolla became the Paul Newman car guy," 8 June 2018 Ukrainians elected a comedian with no political experience as president Sunday in a damning verdict on their ruling class five years after a violent pro-Western revolution, exit surveys of voters showed. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, "Comedian Elected President of Ukraine, Exit Polls Show," 21 Apr. 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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