Definition of comedian noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kəˈmiːdiən//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kəˈmiːdiən//
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  1. 1an entertainer who makes people laugh by telling jokes or funny stories a stand-up comedian He started out as a stand-up comedian in Liverpool. Peter was in his thirties when he decided to be a stand-up comedian. See related entries: Professions
  2. 2(ironic) a person who is or thinks they are funny The speaker was a bit of a comedian, so it was an amusing session.
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent. (denoting a comic playwright): from French comédien, from Old French comedie, via Latin from Greek kōmōidia, from kōmōidos ‘comic poet’, from kōmos ‘revel’ + aoidos ‘singer’. The sense ‘entertainer’ dates from the late 19th cent.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: comedian