Meaning of “entertainer” in the English Dictionary

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"entertainer" in British English

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entertainernoun [ C ]

uk /en.təˈteɪ.nər/ us /en.t̬ɚˈteɪ.nɚ/

B2 someone whose job is to entertain people by singing, telling jokes, etc.


  • Although her acting skills were limited, she was a great entertainer.
  • We stopped to watch some street entertainers who were performing in the town square.
  • The Royal Variety Show is an opportunity to see some of our finest entertainers - comedians, singers, dancers and magicians.
  • She began her career as an entertainer on board cruise ships.
  • Originally a DJ on local radio, he went on to become an all-round TV entertainer and personality.

Examples from literature

  • The Roma have always been popular entertainers. Their music is famous everywhere in the world. 
  • Harry was a man who, in his youthful days, had been a diligent patron of the London music halls, and in consequence had become himself an amateur entertainer of very considerable ability. 
  • He loved to be amused, and he repaid his entertainer by being amusing. 
  • Once in a while, especially at a mixed lunch where perhaps talented people are persuaded to become "entertainers" the audience stays on for hours! 
  • One of the entertainers had finished singing and the usual shower of coins was falling on the hard floor. 
  • There, however, I could resign my role of entertainer in favour of the professionals on the stage. 

(Definition of “entertainer” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"entertainer" in American English

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entertainernoun [ C ]

us /ˌen·tərˈteɪ·nər/

someone who sings, dances, tells jokes, etc., as a job

(Definition of “entertainer” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)