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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Quinta Brunson, 29, writer, producer, actress, and comedian in Los Angeles. Quinta Brunson, Glamour, "I Spend $2,116 on My Beauty Routine, But Only $12 on My Skin," 2 Jan. 2019 The comedian keeps poking fun at the differences between their pregnancies on social media. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Amy Schumer Can't Stop Joking About Her and Meghan Markle's Pregnancies," 24 Oct. 2018 What's more, the stand-up comedian hails from San Fransisco (the area code for the city, BTW, is 4-1-5). Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "We Swear This Theory About Who the Poodle Is on 'The Masked Singer' Is Right," 23 Jan. 2019 Kathy Griffin’s mother Maggie became a breakout star on the comedian’s reality show, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List. Korin Miller, SELF, "Kathy Griffin Reveals Her Mother Has 'Rapidly Fallen Into the Throes of Dementia'," 4 Jan. 2019 Perry and Bloom were both previously married; her to comedian Russell Brand from 2010 to 2012, and him to model Miranda Kerr from 2010 to 2013. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom Are Engaged and Her Ring Is So Unique," 15 Feb. 2019 Tex Panthollow ShutterstockGetty Images Original: James Coburn Recasted: John Mulaney Adding another immensely talented comedian to the mix, John Mulaney like Eichner (whom he guest starred opposite on Difficult People!) oozes timeless charm. Danny Murphy, Marie Claire, "Recasted: Who Would Star in a Charade Reboot?," 11 Feb. 2019 The Poodle on The Masked Singer is stand-up comedian Margaret Cho. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "We Swear This Theory About Who the Poodle Is on 'The Masked Singer' Is Right," 23 Jan. 2019 Tim Allen has been one of TV’s favorite comedians for decades. Megan Stein, Country Living, "The ‘Humiliating’ Thing Tim Allen Had to Do to Get on ‘Home Improvement’," 12 Jan. 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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