- a professional entertainer who amuses by relating anecdotes, acting out comical situations, engaging in humorous repartee, etc.
- an actor in comedy.
- a writer of comedy.
- any comical or amusing person.
Origin of comedian
Examples from the Web for comedian
The atmosphere on campuses has gotten repressive enough that comedian Chris Rock no longer plays colleges.How the PC Police Threaten Free Speech
January 9, 2015
The comedian responded to the deadly attack on a French satirical magazine by renewing his recent criticisms of the Islamic faith.Bill Maher: Hundreds of Millions of Muslims Support Attack on ‘Charlie Hebdo’
January 8, 2015
Then there was an event, an HRC event, and I took a picture with Monique, the actress and comedian.
Team Cosby has vehemently denied the allegations, dating back at least to a 2004 lawsuit that the comedian settled out of court.Team Cosby’s Mission Impossible
December 18, 2014
The comedian was right to call out Bill Cosby, but his material is littered with jokes about rape.Bill Cosby Foe Hannibal Buress Joked About Date Rape
November 20, 2014
Rjane is the most comedian of comedians, and an artist when she wishes to be.My Double Life
"Well then, I want the last speech of all," the comedian declared.
The comedian finished, and the orchestra noisily chorded him off.The Yellow Claw
No, since theatres have existed, never has there been a comedian of his ability.The Nabob
Irish Johnstone, the comedian, was known to be rather parsimonious.The Jest Book
- an entertainer who specializes in jokes, comic skits, etc
- an actor in comedy
- an amusing or entertaining person: sometimes used ironically
Word Origin and History for comedian
1580s, "comic poet," later (c.1600) "stage actor in comedies," also, generally, "actor," from Middle French comédien, from comédie (see comedy). Meaning "professional joke-teller, etc." is from 1898.