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 popular Roman cartoonist and humorist, Michele Rech, better known as Zerocalcare, has been satirizing the Romans disregarding the lockdown. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "Rome Has Been Sacked, Conquered and Abandoned. Now It’s the Pandemic’s Turn.," 1 May 2020 Sweeney was frequently mentioned in the columns of Chronicle journalist and humorist Herb Caen, who memorialized San Francisco for decades. Washington Post, "San Francisco’s Beefeater doorman retires after 43 years," 10 Jan. 2020 The Canadian-American humorist died in 2012 at the age of 47 and his essays always crackled with zinging observations about other people’s foibles, but most often his own. Maris Kreizman, WSJ, "In These 10 Books, the Blissful Pleasure of an Escapist Read," 16 Apr. 2020 Learn How to Write Satire from David Sedaris American humorist, comedian, and author David Sedaris is here to help students grasp comedy writing. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "15 of the Coolest MasterClass Courses You Can Take Right Now," 14 Apr. 2020 The one-man show The Santaland Diaries, based on humorist David Sedaris’ experiences as a department store elf, runs Dec. 4 to 21 at Playhouse on Park, 244 Park Road, West Hartford. Christopher Arnott,, "Stage your holidays with these naughty, nice, magical and funny theater shows," 19 Nov. 2019 This year, that means everything from percussive dancers to filmmakers to a cappella singers, with such headliners as legal analyst Laura Coates, humorist R. Eric Thomas and YouTube-famous musician Malinda. Washington Post, "13 things to do in the D.C. area this week," 18 Feb. 2020 In 1983, Alaska humorist Eric Wallace described March 21 as the dividing line. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "When does a newcomer become a ‘real Alaskan’? History shows it depends who you’re asking.," 17 Feb. 2020 Nonetheless, the Carlisle resident never expected the compliment to come from Pulitzer Prize winning humorist and writer Dave Barry. Nancy Shohet West,, "Humor writing wins Tracy McArdle Brady a hotel room of her own," 20 Feb. 2020

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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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“Humorist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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