top banana

noun
|Updated on: 17 Jul 2018

Definition of top banana

: the leading comedian in a burlesque show; broadly : kingpin 1

Examples of top banana in a Sentence

  1. He's the mob's top banana.

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Origin and Etymology of top banana

from a burlesque routine involving three comedians in which the one that gets the punch line also gets a banana


TOP BANANA Defined for English Language Learners

top banana

Definition of top banana for English Language Learners

  • : the most important or powerful person in a group or organization


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