comedian

[kuh-mee-dee-uhn]
noun
1.
a professional entertainer who amuses by relating anecdotes, acting out comical situations, engaging in humorous repartee, etc.
2.
an actor in comedy.
3.
a writer of comedy.
4.
any comical or amusing person.

Origin:
1575–85; < Middle French comediain; see comedy, -ian

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comedian (kəˈmiːdɪən)
 
n
1.  an entertainer who specializes in jokes, comic skits, etc
2.  an actor in comedy
3.  an amusing or entertaining person: sometimes used ironically

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comedian
1580s, "comic poet," later (c.1600) "stage actor in comedies," also, generally, "actor," from Fr. comédien, from L. *comoedianos, from comoedia (see comedy). Meaning "professional joke-teller, etc." is from 1898.
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Example sentences
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.
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