Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang The main comic in a burlesque show.
  • n. Slang The head person, as of a group or project.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The boss, the leader.
  • n. The principal comedian in a vaudeville or burlesque show.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the leading comedian in a burlesque show
  • n. the most important person in a group or undertaking

Etymologies

So called from the presentation of a banana to the comedian who has the punch line in a three-man burlesque routine.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

Sorry, no example sentences found.

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • yourdictionary.com:
    noun
    a top performer in show business; specif., the star comedian in a burlesque show
    the most important person in any group
    Etymology: prob. so named from the banana-shaped soft club carried by burlesque comedians

    February 4, 2008