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[kuh-mee-dee-en, -mey-] /kəˌmi diˈɛn, -ˌmeɪ-/
a woman who is a comic entertainer or actress.
Origin of comedienne
1855-60; < French comédienne; see comedian, -enne
Usage note
See -enne. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But why did the comedienne with the brass-bright hair choose to pass on that characteristic to my mistress?

    Miss Million's Maid Bertha Ruck
  • comedienne at five, married at seventeen, dead at twenty-eight—immortal.

    For Every Music Lover Aubertine Woodward Moore
  • She was advertised as the Polish comedienne, Mizzi Markis, and the announcements hinted at her royal though remote ancestry.

    Half Portions Edna Ferber
  • Those who have never seen her in this part can hardly realize how fine a comedienne she really is.

    The Arena Various
  • The strongest situation possible in the sensational play is that in which the comedienne flags the train or stops the belt.

    The Footlights Fore and Aft Channing Pollock
British Dictionary definitions for comedienne


a female comedian Gender-neutral form comic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for comedienne

1860, from French comédienne, fem. of comédien (see comedian).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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