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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Jones had asked her makeup artist to take her best friend's wife to a Sephora store in New York to help her buy new products and learn to apply them, according to the comedian and a representative for the makeup artist. NBC News, "Leslie Jones blasts Sephora over alleged mistreatment on eve of its inclusion training," 5 June 2019 As summarized by Hello!, German publication Bunte reported that Casiraghi's five-year-old son (from her relationship with comedian Gad Elmaleh) will be a pageboy. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Charlotte Casiraghi's Wedding to Dimitri Rassam Is Reportedly This Summer—Here's Everything We Know," 10 Apr. 2019 And people like Kent Ekeroth who, as spokesperson for Sweden Democrats, another (yawn) far-right party, was captured on video arming himself with an aluminum pipe after trying to pick a fight with a comedian of Kurdish descent. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "I Watched the New Steve Bannon Documentary, The Brink, So You Don’t Have To," 27 Mar. 2019 This book, by the parenting comedians Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley, is a call to women to take care of each other. Ellen Gamerman, WSJ, "Forget Attachment Parenting and Tiger Parenting, It’s Time to Take Care of Mom and Dad," 26 Jan. 2019 Shop similar dresses: Tonight's event is hosted by comedian Greg Davies and the royal couple will watch performances by Take That, George Ezra, Clean Bandit, the cast of the Tina Turner musical, and father and son duo, Andrea and Matteo Bocelli. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Wears Safiyaa Beaded Dress to the Royal Variety Performance," 19 Nov. 2018 However, the 55-year-old actress and comedian has no qualms about keeping it real and taking on more difficult topics. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Lisa Kudrow Opens Up About Her Body Insecurity on the Friends Set," 21 May 2019 Once called home by Hollywood icons like Cher and comedian Eddie Murphy, this Beverly Hills mansion is back on the market once again—at a serious price drop. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Cher’s $48 Million Former Beverly Hills Mansion is for Sale," 2 May 2019 News and Politics For years, Joe Biden’s handsiness has been documented in photographs, captured on video, criticized and skewered by comedians. Katie Halper, Teen Vogue, "Lucy Flores: Biden's Unwanted Touching Should be Part of #MeToo Conversations," 6 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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