Definition of comedian in English:


Line breaks: com|edian
Pronunciation: /kəˈmiːdɪən


1An entertainer on stage or television whose act is designed to make an audience laugh: they sat watching an Irish comedian telling jokes a stand-up comedian
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  • The 5.1 mix on this disc is better than expected - there were times where I felt I was really in the audience watching the comedians on stage.
  • While he considers himself first and foremost a stand-up comedian, his television career is on quite a roll.
  • Watching the way comedians dealt with difficult audiences was particularly enlightening.
comic, funny man, funny woman, comedienne, comedy actor/actress, humorist, gagster, stand-up; North Americantummler; Frenchfarceur
1.1A comic actor or playwright.
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  • He doesn't take for granted the skills required to be a comedian or comic actor of quality.
  • Hire noted comedians and physical actors for the lead roles, provide the straight man, and start firing.
  • Why isn't the greatest comedian considered a better actor than a mediocre drama queen?
1.2often ironic A person who is or thinks themselves to be amusing or entertaining: he’s a real comedian, this fellow
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  • Aside from having total mastery over all things pointless, he's also a real cut-up of a comedian!
  • The cruise took around one hour and was a narrated trip; it turned out that the guy doing the narration was a bit of a comedian so it was pretty amusing.
  • Others become comedians or " party animals " so that people will like them.
joker, jester, wit, wag, comic, wisecracker, punner, jokester; prankster, clown, fool, buffoon
informal laugh, hoot, case, character, one
informal , dated card, caution, sketch, yell
Australian/New Zealand informal hard case


late 16th century (denoting a comic playwright): from French comédien, from Old French comedie (see comedy). The sense 'entertainer' dates from the late 19th century.

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