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

Examples of humorist in a Sentence

Mark Twain is perhaps America's most beloved humorist.
Recent Examples on the Web The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, named after the late writer and humorist of the same name, honors those who've had an impact on society. Dory Jackson,, 25 Apr. 2022 That’s the basis of this satirical series, which was created by Quinta Brunson, an Internet humorist, who stars as Janine Teagues, the most optimistic teacher at the Philadelphia inner-city public school — that means for black kids. Armond White, National Review, 13 Apr. 2022 For a time, Lewis Grossberger, a humorist, wrote a column called Mental Notes, which once offered dating tips from Attila the Hun. New York Times, 16 Mar. 2022 Gelett Burgess, a cartoonist and a humorist who exhibited at the photographer Alfred Stieglitz’s gallery in the nineteen-tens, evolved an entire mock theory for this kind of deliberately amateur art. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2022 Prior to joining Travel + Leisure, Tim was a freelance travel writer, an editor at Architectural Digest, and a humorist, writing for The Ellen Degeneres Show, Mad Magazine,, and National Lampoon. Travel + Leisure, 28 Feb. 2022 Art Buchwald was everyone’s idea of a Washington humorist. . Kyle Smith, National Review, 16 Feb. 2022 Michael Harriot is a writer, cultural critic and humorist, and author of the upcoming book The Un-Whitewashed Story of America. Michael Harriot, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Feb. 2022 Entertainment at the Opera House included hometown talent, traveling shows and occasionally a big name such as Emma Thursby, an acclaimed concert singer and teacher who had shared stages with humorist Mark Twain and famed violinist Ole Bull. Joy Wallace Dickinson,, 30 Jan. 2022 See More

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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 27 May. 2022.

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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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