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top banana

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

[So called from the presentation of a banana to the comedian who has the punch line in a three-person burlesque routine.]

top banana

n
1. (Theatre) the leading comedian in vaudeville, burlesque, etc
2. the leader; boss

top′ banan′a


n.
Slang.
1. a leading comedian in burlesque, vaudeville, etc.
2. the chief person in a group or undertaking.
[1950–55]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.top banana - the leading comedian in a burlesque showtop banana - the leading comedian in a burlesque show
comedian, comic - a professional performer who tells jokes and performs comical acts
2.top banana - the most important person in a group or undertakingtop banana - the most important person in a group or undertaking
important person, influential person, personage - a person whose actions and opinions strongly influence the course of events
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