Definition of top banana
: the leading comedian in a burlesque show; broadly : kingpin 1
Examples of top banana in a sentence
He's the mob's top banana.
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
First Known Use: 1952
TOP BANANA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of top banana for English Language Learners
: the most important or powerful person in a group or organization
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