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[kuh-mee-dee-uh n] /kəˈmi di ən/
a professional entertainer who amuses by relating anecdotes, acting out comical situations, engaging in humorous repartee, etc.
an actor in comedy.
a writer of comedy.
any comical or amusing person.
Origin of comedian
1575-85; < Middle French comediain; see comedy, -ian Unabridged
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  • Now, on this night, people laugh at a comedian who comes to them from the days when films were silent.
  • He was named after his grandfather who was a comedian and prankster.
  • But the comedian and the tragedian lived within the same surprisingly delicate skin.
  • Relying on seductive art to draw in your audience is akin to a comedian swearing.
  • Every stand-up comedian develops a unique method for honing jokes.
  • When it comes to anecdotes illustrating the pitfalls of today's supply chains, he has the delivery of a stand-up comedian.
  • On the back foot, her denials and obfuscations are a comedian's parody.
  • It is without a doubt-especially as a comedian-it's a marker.
  • Family friendly comedian will be performing throughout the afternoon.
  • She once thought about growing up to be a carpenter, or perhaps a stand-up comedian.
British Dictionary definitions for comedian


an entertainer who specializes in jokes, comic skits, etc
an actor in comedy
an amusing or entertaining person: sometimes used ironically
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Word Origin and History for comedian

1580s, "comic poet," later (c.1600) "stage actor in comedies," also, generally, "actor," from Middle French comédien, from comédie (see comedy). Meaning "professional joke-teller, etc." is from 1898.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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