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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Top Comedians brings Joe Rogan's first No. 1 rank in nearly a year, as the comedian and podcaster rises from No. Kevin Rutherford, The Hollywood Reporter, "Social Climbers Charts: Hilary Duff Launches Onto Top Actors With 'Lizzie McGuire' Reboot News," 31 Aug. 2019 After five seasons on the NBC late-night series, the comedian and actor is set to host and executive-produce a Supermarket Sweep reboot, according to Deadline. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "Leslie Jones to host Supermarket Sweep reboot for first post-Saturday Night Live TV gig," 28 Aug. 2019 Swift tied with Ariana Grande as the most nominated act at the VMAs, hosted by comedian and actor Sebastian Maniscalco. Mesfin Fekadu,, "Taylor Swift wins top prize, Missy Elliott honored for lifetime achievement at VMAs," 26 Aug. 2019 The service took place ahead of Gem City Shine, a benefit block party hosted by comedian and Ohio native Dave Chappelle. Chris Mayhew,, "Kanye West shares Sunday Service gospel in Dayton, Ohio," 25 Aug. 2019 Musk's tweet was a response to another by comedian and podcaster Joe Rogan, who shared an article reporting that NASA has begun preparations for the 1,100-foot-wide asteroid Apophis, which is scheduled to pass by Earth on April 13, 2029. Leah Asmelash, CNN, "Despite Elon Musk's alarmist tweet about an asteroid hitting Earth, NASA says there is no known threat," 20 Aug. 2019 Among the 11 participants, were singers, gymnasts, comedians, and a baton twirler. Laura Bednar,, "Independence ‘tees up’ to celebrate its 103 Home Days," 4 Aug. 2019 The former Indianapolis Colts punter turned podcast host, stand-up comedian and WWE media figure is adding another title to his resume — ESPN Thursday Night college football color analyst. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "Pat McAfee signs multi-year deal with ESPN, will work Thursday Night college football," 29 July 2019 More musicians, comedians and other fine artists are expected to be announced soon. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "Echo Park Rising Announces 2019 Film and Music Lineup," 25 July 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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