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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
First recorded in 1525-35; entertain + -er1
Related forms
preentertainer, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for entertainer
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  • Thou, Lovelace, hast been long the entertainer; I the entertained.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • 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 Cornelius Mathews
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for entertainer


a professional singer, comedian, or other performer who takes part in public entertainments
any person who entertains
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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