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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sec′ond banan′a(n.)

  1. a comic who supports the leading comedian, esp. in burlesque or vaudeville.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Showbiz

  2. any person who plays a secondary role.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

    Ref: Compare top banana.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. straight man, second banana(noun)

    a performer who acts as stooge to a comedian

  2. second fiddle, second banana(noun)

    someone who serves in a subordinate capacity or plays a secondary role


  1. second banana(Noun)

    A comedian who plays a secondary or supporting role, especially as straight man and traditionally in vaudeville or burlesque theatre.

  2. second banana(Noun)

    A person who serves in a supporting, secondary, or subsidiary capacity; an assistant.


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