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comedian (n.)

1580s, "comic poet," later (c. 1600) "actor in stage comedies," also, generally, "actor;" from Middle French comédien, from comédie (see comedy). Meaning "professional joke-teller, entertainer who performs to make the audience laugh" is from 1898. Old English had heahtorsmið "laughter-maker."

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Definitions of comedian from WordNet

comedian (n.)
a professional performer who tells jokes and performs comical acts;
Synonyms: comic
comedian (n.)
an actor in a comedy;
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