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Topic: PERFORMING

Date: 1500-1600
Origin: Perhaps from French coulon 'someone who settles in a new country', from Latin colonus; COLONY

clown

1 noun
     
clown
clown1 [countable]
1BOAP someone who wears funny clothes, a red nose, bright make-up on their face etc, and does silly things to make people laugh, especially at a circus
2 someone who often makes jokes or behaves in a funny way:
Frankie's a bit of a clown.
class clown (=someone in a school class who behaves in a funny or silly way)
3 a stupid or annoying person:
I can't understand what she sees in that clown.
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