hu·​mor·​ist ˈhyü-mə-rist How to pronounce humorist (audio)
archaic : a person subject to whims
: a person specializing in or noted for humor

Examples of humorist in a Sentence

Mark Twain is perhaps America's most beloved humorist.
Recent Examples on the Web The prize, named to honor one of the world’s greatest humorists and author Mark Twain, was first awarded to Richard Pryor in 1998. Rivea Ruff, Essence, 26 Mar. 2024 Cartoonist and humorist Lalo Alcaraz is one of the movie’s writers and a cultural consultant. Patricia Guadalupe, NBC News, 21 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for humorist 

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Humorist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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hu·​mor·​ist ˈhyüm-(ə-)rəst How to pronounce humorist (audio)
: a person specializing in or noted for humor

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