[kuh-mee-dee-en, -mey-]


a woman who is a comic entertainer or actress.

Origin of comedienne

1855–60; < French comédienne; see comedian, -enne

Usage note

See -enne. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for comedienne

Contemporary Examples of comedienne

Historical Examples of comedienne

  • But if in this she was a comedienne then it was but a great achievement of her ineradicable honesty.

    The Arrow of Gold

    Joseph Conrad

  • Comedienne at five, married at seventeen, dead at twenty-eight—immortal.

    For Every Music Lover

    Aubertine Woodward Moore

  • But why did the comedienne with the brass-bright hair choose to pass on that characteristic to my mistress?

  • The strongest situation possible in the sensational play is that in which the comedienne flags the train or stops the belt.

  • Those who have never seen her in this part can hardly realize how fine a comedienne she really is.

    The Arena


British Dictionary definitions for comedienne



a female comedianGender-neutral form: comic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for comedienne

1860, from French comédienne, fem. of comédien (see comedian).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper