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 formspre·en·ter·tain·er, noun
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Related Words for entertainer

artist, player

Examples from the Web for entertainer

Contemporary Examples of entertainer

Historical Examples of entertainer

  • 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
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Word Origin and History for entertainer

"public performer," 1530s, agent noun from entertain.

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