Definition of comedian in English:


Syllabification: co·me·di·an
Pronunciation: /kəˈmēdēən


  • 1An entertainer whose act is designed to make an audience laugh.
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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, comedienne, funny man, funny woman, humorist, gagster, stand-up
  • 1.1often • ironic An amusing or entertaining person.
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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, jokester; prankster, clown, fool, buffoon
    informal laugh, hoot, riot
    informal, dated card
  • 1.2A comic actor.
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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?


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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