co·​me·​di·​enne kə-ˌmē-dē-ˈen How to pronounce comedienne (audio)
: a woman who is a comedian

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Betty White, the quick-witted comedienne whose ribald humor as showcased on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls and Hot in Cleveland made her America’s ageless darling, has died. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Dec. 2021 Maybe too much is made of Moore the comedienne. Rumaan Alam, The New York Review of Books, 20 Aug. 2020 In the season 2 premiere episode, Amy Schumer (yes, the real-life comedienne playing a dramatized version of herself) stops Oliver in the Arconia elevator to try and get the rights to it. Adrianna Freedman, Good Housekeeping, 9 July 2022 Bailey is a whirling dervish of a performer who brings the timing and physicality of a seasoned comedienne to the role of Glinda. cleveland, 10 Dec. 2021 Midge Maisel's time as a comedienne is sadly coming to an end. Adrianna Freedman, Good Housekeeping, 19 Jan. 2023 Carole Cook, a favorite of famed comedienne Lucille Ball who notched up a stellar resume including numerous turns on Broadway and decades-spanning appearances in popular films, died on Wednesday at the age of 98. Wendy Geller, Peoplemag, 11 Jan. 2023 The fun-loving Texan came to Hollywood at Ball’s behest and appeared on a 1959 episode of the comedienne’s Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Jan. 2023 In Howard Hawks’s sparkling, joyously witty musical romantic comedy from 1953, Monroe distinguished herself as not merely a blonde bombshell with a lot of studio publicity buildup but as a dynamite comedienne about to be catapulted to superstardom. Christina Newland, Vulture, 12 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History


French comédienne, feminine of comédien comedian, from comédie

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of comedienne was in 1834

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Cite this Entry

“Comedienne.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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co·​me·​di·​enne kə-ˌmēd-ē-ˈen How to pronounce comedienne (audio)
: a female comedian

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