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Definition of clown noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1an entertainer who wears funny clothes and a large red nose, and does silly things to make people laugh (figurative) Robert was always the class clown (= he did silly things to make the other students laugh).
  2. 2(disapproving) a person that you disapprove of because they act in a stupid way What do those clowns in the government think they are doing?
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: clown

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