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

  • n. The person at the end of a line or row.
  • n. The man in a minstrel show who sits at one end of the company and engages in banter with the interlocutor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the last man in a row; one of the two men at the extremities of a line of minstrels.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A man at one end of a row or line; hence, an extremist; one who takes the most advanced view of anything.
  • n. Specifically In minstrel-troupes, a man who sits at an end of the semicircle of performers during the opening part of the entertainment.

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

  • n. a man at one end of line of performers in a minstrel show; carries on humorous dialogue with the interlocutor
  • n. a man at one end of a row of people


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