From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44 [gcide]:
Performer \Per*form"er\, noun One who performs, accomplishes, or fulfills; as, a good promiser, but a bad performer; especially, one who shows skill and training in any art; as, a performer of the drama; a performer on the harp.
From WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]:
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thes]:
86 Moby Thesaurus words for "performer": actor, actress, affecter, agent, architect, artist, artiste, author, belly dancer, burlesque queen, chorine, chorus boy, chorus girl, concert artist, conjurer, coryphee, creator, dancer, dancing girl, deceiver, doer, ecdysiast, entertainer, executant, executor, executrix, exotic dancer, fabricator, fake, female impersonator, fraud, geisha, geisha girl, guisard, guiser, hollow man, hoofer, impersonator, interpreter, maestro, magician, maker, man of straw, mannerist, medium, mime, mimic, minstrel, minstrelsy, mountebank, mover, mummer, music maker, musician, nautch girl, operant, operative, operator, paper tiger, peeler, perpetrator, phony, playactor, player, practitioner, prestidigitator, pretender, prime mover, producer, public entertainer, show girl, singer, soloist, straw man, stripper, stripteaser, stripteuse, subject, thespian, trouper, tunester, vaudevillian, vaudevillist, virtuosa, virtuoso, worker
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