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English definition of “joke”


noun   /dʒoʊk/
B1 a short , funny story that someone tells to make people laugh : Ben was telling jokes at the other end of the table .
(Definition of joke noun from the Webster's Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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