hu·​mor·​ist | \ ˈhyü-mə-rist How to pronounce humorist (audio) , ˈyü- \

Definition of humorist

1 archaic : a person subject to whims
2 : a person specializing in or noted for humor

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Examples of humorist in a Sentence

Mark Twain is perhaps America's most beloved humorist.
Recent Examples on the Web The humorist maps out her mental and physical health journey. New York Times, Star Tribune, "New York Times bestsellers," 27 Apr. 2021 The Mark Twain National Forest is named for the author and humorist who was born and raised in Missouri. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "Arkansas man admits to cutting down trees in Mark Twain National Forest," 20 Apr. 2021 In the ensuing years, the Three Stooges, the droll humorist Robert Benchley and the Little Rascals were typically nominated, as were an eye-catching grab bag of nature travelogues and explanatory curios. Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, "Every Film in This Oscar Category Is an Underdog You Can Root for," 14 Apr. 2021 Dave Schilling is a writer, humorist and appreciator of fashion whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, the Guardian, New York Magazine and GQ. Dave Schilling, Los Angeles Times, "Are the beret wearers of Silver Lake and Echo Park here for revolution or croissants?," 17 Mar. 2021 Then, a rather nerdy-looking man, played by author and humorist, John Hodgman, dressed in stodgy formal attire, generally a suit and tie, comes into the screen and introduces himself as a Microsoft Windows personal computer. Allen Adamson, Forbes, "Four Reasons Actor Justin Long Won’t Do For The Intel Brand What He Did For Apple," 19 Mar. 2021 Dolly Parton is many things to so many people: singer-songwriter, actress, humorist, icon. Stephen L. Betts, Rolling Stone, "Turning Pages: Inside Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library," 8 Mar. 2021 Equally adept as a reporter, analyst and humorist, Carillo became frustrated with TC’s tepid, take-no-chances coverage and opted out of the final months of her contract last year. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "Giants, A's aren't getting the answers they need from Major League Baseball," 5 Feb. 2021 Decades later, American writer and humorist Mark Twain delivered another blow to the boxes, highlighting their sometimes fearsome reputation. Kasia Dietz, Travel, "Need to complain? Here’s how Renaissance-era Venetians did it," 4 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of humorist

circa 1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of humorist was circa 1586

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4 May 2021

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“Humorist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of humorist

: someone (such as a writer) who tells funny stories


hu·​mor·​ist | \ ˈhyü-mə-rist How to pronounce humorist (audio) , ˈyü- \

Kids Definition of humorist

: a person who writes or talks in a humorous way

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