co·me·di·an | \kə-ˈmē-dē-ən \

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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One of the first prominent women to share her experience was comedian and actress Tara Flynn. Jennifer Duggan, Marie Claire, "Irish Women Want Their Bodies Back," 15 May 2018 What else brings together a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player (Curry), many NFL heavyweights (including Aaron Rodgers, Jerry Rice and Steve Young), two baseball Hall of Famers (John Smoltz and Tom Glavine) and any number of actors and comedians? Ron Kroichick,, "Stephen Curry, Mark Mulder and celebrity wagers highlight celebrity tournament," 12 July 2018 The person who last performed is always the best comedian. Trevor Fraser,, "Maria Bamford talks comedy ahead of show at The Plaza Live," 10 July 2018 There has never been a professional comedian with better stage presence, attitude, timing, or delivery. Brendan Leonard, Outside Online, "Learning to Be Funny," 9 July 2018 Its most famous graduate is comedian Dave Chappelle. Jay Mathews, Washington Post, "The sound of sour notes in residency investigation at D.C. arts school," 8 July 2018 From crack dealer to star comedian: Plainfield mom, Ms. Pat, tells all in new memoir Morty's closing was one of the factors in deciding to open a club in Indianapolis,. Amy Bartner, Indianapolis Star, "Circle Centre mall is getting a comedy club," 21 June 2018 Fifteen concerts have been announced so far, including pop stars (Justin Timberlake, P!nk, Maroon 5); comedians (Kevin Hart, Jim Gaffigan); and rock bands (Metallica, Foo Fighters, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac). Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Country star Chris Young playing new Milwaukee Bucks arena Oct. 26," 20 June 2018 The mea culpa was apparently not enough for comedian Wanda Sykes, a consulting producer for Barr's show. Anchorage Daily News, "ABC cancels ‘Roseanne’ after star tweets racial slur," 29 May 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of comedian

1 : a performer who makes people laugh

2 : an amusing person

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