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.

Nearby words

  1. enterprise investment scheme,
  2. enterprise zone,
  3. enterpriser,
  4. enterprising,
  5. entertain,
  6. entertaining,
  7. entertainment,
  8. enthalpy,
  9. enthesis,
  10. enthesitis

Origin of entertainer

First recorded in 1525–35; entertain + -er1

Related formspre·en·ter·tain·er, noun

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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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