- 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
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Examples from the Web for entertainer
That is perhaps the most important thing an entertainer can be these days.Bow Down, Bitches: How Beyoncé Turned an Elevator Brawl Into a Perfect Year
December 31, 2014
He is as fearless as any entertainer of our time, and that is where he gets the most respect from the comedy community.Yes, Stephen Colbert Will Be Great as Host of CBS’s ‘Late Night’
April 10, 2014
“I would prefer to hear ‘The Entertainer,’” the young lady says (they declined to give their names).Can Bach Make It on NYC’s Subways?
March 22, 2014
Jazz pianist Jon Batiste began his set in New York City this past week with an extended version of “The Entertainer.”
Miles Davis rather famously played with his back to the audience, and said, "I didn't look at myself as an entertainer."
Thou, Lovelace, hast been long the entertainer; I the entertained.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
It is an honor that cannot be declined, and it is generally sure to ruin the entertainer.Sir Jasper Carew
Charles James Lever
Daylight fully revealed to the young man the character of his entertainer.The Indian Fairy Book
He had not dared to say a word to her of what her entertainer was, or what her part should be.Little Novels of Italy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
I understood he was a conjurer, or an entertainer, or something of that kind.The Green Carnation
Robert Smythe Hichens
- 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