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[en-ter-tey-ner] /ˌɛn tərˈteɪ nər/
a singer, comedian, dancer, reciter, or the like, especially a professional one.
a person who entertains; host:
She was one of the capital's great entertainers.
Origin of entertainer
1525-35; entertain + -er1
Related forms
preentertainer, noun Unabridged
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  • When they find a performer offering services, they craft a solicitation specifically for that entertainer's specialty.
  • For while it is true that the museum is business-an entertainer-it is also a place of serious study.
  • He was an entertainer bent only on amusing and surprising his reader.
  • Perhaps, if an entertainer, the required uniform was complete feminine dress.
  • But she was a great teacher, because she was an entertainer.
  • Red meat has given me as much insight into this country as any charismatic politician, sports star, or entertainer.
  • That's not necessarily a slap because he's not paid to be a thinker-he's an entertainer.
  • The film makes clear that he needs that ovation, almost constantly, which is why he makes such a great entertainer.
  • He uses the entertainer for his entertainment value.
  • Neither athlete nor entertainer, but nevertheless a star.
British Dictionary definitions for entertainer


a professional singer, comedian, or other performer who takes part in public entertainments
any person who entertains
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Word Origin and History for entertainer

"public performer," 1530s, agent noun from entertain.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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