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Performers and entertainers

acrobat

noun

someone who can balance, jump, and turn their body in skillful ways, especially as a form of entertainment

act

noun

a singer, band, or other person or group who performs on stage. Two people who perform together, especially two comedians, are called a double act

artist

noun

a professional performer in music, dance, or the theater

artiste

noun

someone who is a professional entertainer, for example a singer or a dancer

cast

noun

all the performers in a movie, play, etc.

clown

noun

a performer in a circus who wears funny clothes and makes people laugh by doing silly things

comedian

noun

someone whose job is to entertain people by telling jokes and stories to make them laugh

comedienne

noun

a female comedian

comic

noun

someone whose job is to entertain people by telling jokes and stories to make them laugh

conjurer

noun

someone who performs magic tricks as entertainment, especially tricks using quick hand movements. This is called conjuring.

contortionist

noun

someone who twists their body into unusual shapes or positions as a way of entertaining people

dame

noun

a man dressed as an old woman who performs in a Christmas pantomime show

drag queen

noun

a man who wears women’s clothes as an entertainer

duo

noun

two people who sing, play music, or perform together

entertainer

noun

someone who entertains people

escapologist

noun

someone who entertains audiences by escaping from ropes, chains, boxes, etc. This form of entertainment is called escapology.

female impersonator

noun

a man who dresses and acts like a woman, as a way of entertaining people

fire-eater

noun

an entertainer who does tricks with fire, including putting burning sticks into their mouth

funny man

noun

a man whose job is to entertain people by telling jokes

geisha

noun

a Japanese woman whose job is to entertain men by singing, dancing, playing music, and making conversation

gender bender

noun

someone, especially an entertainer, who dresses and behaves like a person of the opposite sex

headliner

noun

the main performer in a show or at an event, whose name is used to attract people to come to listen or watch

hypnotist

noun

someone who hypnotizes people either for medical reasons or for entertainment

impersonator

noun

someone who impersonates someone else in order to make people laugh, especially as a job

impresario

noun

someone who organizes performances such as concerts, plays, or operas

impressionist

noun

an entertainer who makes people laugh by copying the way that famous people talk or behave

interpreter

noun

someone who performs a piece of music, a part in a play, etc. in a way that shows how they understand or feel about it

lead

noun

a lead singer, dancer, guitar, etc. is the main singer, dancer, guitar player, etc. in a group

lineup

noun

a group of entertainers who will perform at an event

matador

noun

in the Spanish sport of bullfighting, the person who kills the bull

minstrel

noun

a white entertainer during the 19th and early 20th centuries who copied the appearance and singing of black people

pantomime horse

noun

a character in pantomime that looks like a silly horse and is played by two people inside a costume

puppeteer

noun

a person who performs shows using puppets

raconteur

noun

someone who tells stories in a funny and interesting way. The more usual word for this is a storyteller.

ringmaster

noun

someone who introduces the performers at a circus

showman

noun

someone such as an entertainer or politician who does things in a lively and enthusiastic way that attracts attention

stand-up

noun

someone whose job is to stand in front of an audience and entertain them by telling jokes

star

noun

a famous and popular person, especially an actor, entertainer, or sports personality

stooge

noun

a straight man

straight man

noun

an entertainer whose job is to say or do things that allow another entertainer to be funny

stripper

noun

an entertainer who performs stripteases

strongman

noun

a man who entertains an audience by doing things that need great strength

support

noun

someone who performs in a show or concert but is not the main performer

toreador

noun

in Spain or Latin America, someone whose job is to entertain people by fighting a bull, especially while riding a horse

troubadour

noun

one of the poets and singers who traveled around southern France and northern Italy in the 11th, 12th, and 13th centuries

troupe

noun

a group of performers, especially one that travels to different places to perform

trouper

noun

a performer in a troupe, especially one who has a lot of experience

veejay

noun

a video jockey

ventriloquist

noun

an entertainer who can speak without moving his or her lips, especially one who makes a model, person, or animal appear to talk

VJ

noun

a video jockey

bullfighter

noun

juggler

noun

protologism

a new word or phrase invented in the hope that it will become generally used

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