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Sample from seasons 39, 40, and 41

The Word of the Day has been a recurring Sesame Street feature since the 38th season. The segment highlights a particular word introduced before the show with What's the Word on the Street? The standard format for every segment was established by Season 39, in that Muppet characters (usually Elmo) would accompany celebrities in explaining or demonstrating the word.

Originally, the segments were filmed at the stations and sets the celebrities act on, with a small number taped at the Sesame studios. Starting in season 39, the crew and puppeteers spend a week in Los Angeles filming the segments.[1]


Segments

Season 38

Image Word / First Appearance Description
4135wordday
Squid
Episode 4135
Brian Williams reports on the word "squid."


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

4136.MattLauer
Newspaper
Episode 4136
Matt Lauer demonstrates how to use a newspaper. His favorite thing to do is make hats.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

4137l
Dog
Episode 4137
Conan O'Brien introduces and dramatizes different varieties of dogs.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

4138.BelzerLazy
Lazy
Episode 4138
Richard Belzer tries to explain the word "lazy," but he's too lazy to do it.
Celeb.RachaelRay
Pumpernickel
Episode 4139
Rachael Ray talks about the word "pumpernickel" and what it is.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

4140-wordday
Ballet
Episode 4140
Ellen DeGeneres talks about ballet and, donning a tutu, demonstrates the dance.
Alecbaldwin
Tricycle
Episode 4141
Alec Baldwin explains what a tricycle is before riding one himself.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

4142-ChrisBrown
Disappear
Episode 4142
Chris Brown demonstrates the word "disappear."
Howiemandel
Ticklish
Episode 4143
Howie Mandel is tickled by the word "ticklish."


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

4144-KellyRipa
Frustrated
Episode 4144
Kelly Ripa becomes frustrated trying to find a paper she wrote explaining the word's meaning.
4145-ChadPennington
Prepared
Episode 4145
Chad Pennington demonstrates what it means to be prepared.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

4146-AlRoker
Family
Episode 4146
Al Roker displays photos of his family.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Celeb.MariskaHargitay
Mystery
Episode 4147
Mariska Hargitay explains what a mystery is.
4148-ChrisMeloni
Mail
Episode 4148
Christopher Meloni displays a piece of his mail.
Celeb.charlesgibson
Predicament
Episode 4149
Charles Gibson is in a predicament: where are his glasses?
4150q
Windy
Episode 4150
Gina demonstrates what it's like when it gets windy.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

Celeb.anncurry
Apology
Episode 4151
Ann Curry apologizes for not knowing how to explain what an apology is.


Video: Shalom Sesame: The Sticky Shofar
Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Celeb.AhmadRashad
Gigantic
Episode 4152
Ahmad Rashād loves the word "gigantic."
Celeb.icet
Rhyme
Episode 4153
Ice T loves words that rhyme.
4154-amazing
Amazing
Episode 4154
Rachael Ray thinks a tap-dancing tomato is amazing.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

4155-expert
Expert
Episode 4155
Diane Sawyer is an expert at blowing bubbles.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

4156-JonStewart
Practice
Episode 4156
Jon Stewart needs practice at reading the word of the day.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Celeb.meredithviera
Pretend
Episode 4157
Meredith Vieira likes to pretend to be a train.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

4158.SJParker
Sigh
Episode 4158
Sarah Jessica Parker loves to sigh.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

4159.CubaGooding
Angry
Episode 4159
Cuba Gooding, Jr. gets angry when the pesky word won't stay in place for him to talk about it.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

4160-struggle
Struggle
Episode 4160
It's a struggle for Tyra Banks to put on her sweater.

Season 39

4161.ElmoJackBlack
Octagon
Episode 4161
Jack Black tries to look for an octagon, when Elmo shows him a STOP sign.


Video: Elmo's Shape Adventure
Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

4162.Pirouette
Pirouette
Episode 4162
Grover demonstrates a pirouette, with the help of Lorena and Lorna Feijóo.


Online: SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

4164.HeidiKlum
Compliment
Episode 4164
Heidi Klum and Elmo (and Elmo's shoe) give each other compliments to demonstrate the word.


Online: SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

4165.JennyInsect
Insect
Episode 4165
Jenny McCarthy tells the viewer what an insect is, and pretends to be some, attracting a bee.


Video: Firefly Fun and Buggy Buddies

4167.JasonElmocow
Toss
Episode 4167
Jason Taylor and Elmo demonstrate the word "toss."


Online: SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

4168.DBeckhamElmo
Persistent
Episode 4168
David Beckham explains the word "persistent" while Elmo repeatedly asks to play soccer with him.


Video: Sesame Street: 40 Years of Sunny Days, The Best of Elmo 2
Online: SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

LLCoolJUnanimous
Unanimous
Episode 4169
LL Cool J, Elmo and Abby Cadabby try to show "unanimous" by agreeing to go to somewhere, but Oscar intervenes and disagrees with them, making it not unanimous. They turn the tables on him by all agreeing to not go anywhere too, and then when Oscar changes his mind, they agree with him again.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

4171.RandyJackson
Glockenspiel
Episode 4171
Randy Jackson plays the glockenspiel with a dog.
CasandraMurray
Half
Episode 4172
Chandra Wilson and Murray Monster break things in half, including food, paper and a chair!
JackBlackDisguise
Disguise
Episode 4173
Jack Black wears various disguises to fool Elmo, but he sees through them each time, until he meets a chicken with Jack’s facial hair.


Video: The Best of Elmo 2
Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

NeilElmoCurley
Curly
Episode 4174
Neil Patrick Harris and Elmo show things that are curly.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

4176Patrick
Stuck
Episode 4176
Patrick Warburton has a chicken stuck in his shirt.
JonahHillsElmo
Mustache
Episode 4180
Jonah Hill shows Elmo his mustache.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

MeganDistract
Distract
Episode 4182
Megan Mullally tries to talk about the word "distract," but is distracted by a pig on a pogo stick, a singing stalk of broccoli and a dancing chicken.
JessicaScrumptious
Scrumptious
Episode 4184
Jessica Alba thinks a pizza, fruit salad and even a talking cake are scrumptious.
Fabulous
Fabulous
Episode 4186
Kim Cattrall thinks a fairy with flapping wings that sparkle, a blues-singing shoe and a dancing robot are fabulous!

Season 40

CameronHabitat
Habitat
Episode 4187
Cameron Diaz and some woodland animals describe a habitat.


Video: Elmo's Animal Adventures
Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

SarahElmoPair
Pair
Episode 4188
Sarah Jessica Parker and Elmo explain what a pair is.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

NancyPollen
Pollinate
Episode 4189
Nancy O'Dell has a flower friend to help explain what pollinate means, but the flower has no idea what it means. A bee buzzing by to do his job helps out.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

DebraNature
Nature
Episode 4190
Debra Messing identifies the various parts of nature.


Video: Wild Words and Outdoor Adventures, Grover Plants a Tree
Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

AdrianSeasons
Season
Episode 4191
Adrian Grenier and Elmo use The Season-Bot 3000 to help explain the word "season."


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

TkiQuest
Quest
Episode 4192
Tiki Barber goes on a quest looking for a definition of quest, asking Oscar, Grover and Cookie Monster.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

DianeHibernate
Hibernate
Episode 4193
Meredith Vieira talks about the word "hibernate," waking up some animals trying to do so.


Video: Wild Words and Outdoor Adventures
Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

MaggieSurprise
Surprise
Episode 4194
Maggie Gyllenhaal explains the word "surprise" and is surprised by Elmo, Zoe, Rosita, Grover, Telly and Abby.


Video: Adventures in Israel
Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

GroverPaulRudd
Brilliant
Episode 4195
Paul Rudd and Grover explain what brilliant means.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

GregMachine
Machine
Episode 4196
Greg Kinnear tries to explain the word "machine," but cannot figure out how. A real-live machine arrives to aid him.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

AdamCrunchy
Crunchy
Episode 4197
Adam Sandler tries to explain the word "crunchy," but finds it hard while Cookie Monster munches on a crunchy cookie.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

JennieGarden
Garden
Episode 4198
While Jennie Garth describes what a garden is made of, Abby Cadabby makes them appear.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

ElisabethCamouflage
Camouflage
Episode 4199
Elisabeth Hasselbeck wants to explain what camouflage means, but she can't find her frog assistant. She discovers he has been camouflaged the whole time.


Video: Wild Words and Outdoor Adventures
Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

JakeSeparate
Separate
Episode 4200
Jake Gyllenhaal separates an octopus from his head.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Metamorphasis
Metamorphosis
Episode 4201
Patricia Arquette and Abby explain what metamorphosis means. Abby visually demonstrates this by turning Patricia into a penguin.


Video: Elmo's Animal Adventures
Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

CedricCanteen
Canteen
Episode 4202
Abby Cadabby tries helping Cedric the Entertainer show what a canteen is by making one appear, but instead conjures up a hose, a fish tank and a bucket. Exhausted, she takes a drink from her own canteen.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

BrendanSpeedy
Speedy
Episode 4203
Brendan Fraser talks about the word "speedy" as he watches Grover run around fast, looking for a restroom.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

RickyGStumble
Stumble
Episode 4204
Ricky Gervais explains what a stumble is, with Grover providing an accidental visual demonstration.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

JimmyInspect
Inspect
Episode 4205
Jimmy Fallon and Elmo inspect each other and the viewer.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

MattFoxBones
Bones
Episode 4206
Matthew Fox explains to Elmo what bones are and displays a "funny bone."


Online: SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

KobeMini
Miniature
Episode 4207
Abby Cadabby helps Kobe Bryant show what miniature means by making miniature copies of a book, painting, hot dog and even himself!


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

CAElmoBooth
Booth
Episode 4208
Christina Applegate and Elmo introduce the word "booth" and name the different kinds of booths.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

HughElmo
Concentrate
Episode 4209
Hugh Jackman and Elmo explain how they concentrate.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

JudiahSpectacular
Spectacular
Episode 4210
Judah Friedlander describes the word "spectacular," which happens to be on his hat. Telly comes by and thinks his hat is spectacular, earning him a chance to wear it.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

DebiDragon
Humongous
Episode 4211
Debi Mazar looks for something humongous and a large dragon arrives to help.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

EvaLExquisite
Exquisite
Episode 4212
Eva Longoria and Elmo showcase things they find exquisite.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Season 41

AmyChallange
Challenge
Episode 4213
Amy Poehler tries to show what a challenge is by attempting to lift a cow in the air and spin it on her finger. When she can't do that, she tries the "Pat Your Head and Rub Your Tummy Challenge."


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

WandaJournal
Journal
Episode 4214
Wanda Sykes explains what a journal is. She shows Elmo her own journal, who starts to reveal her private entries himself.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

JBComfort
Comfort
Episode 4215
Jason Bateman tries to comfort someone to help explain the word's meaning, but no passing animal needs his help. Elmo finds Jason sad and comforts him himself.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

JudeCling
Cling
Episode 4216
A group of animals cling to Jude Law.


Online: SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

KaraPasta
Pasta
Episode 4217
Kara DioGuardi and Chef Elmo show the various kinds of pasta.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

ChrisActivate
Activate
Episode 4218
Chris O'Donnell tries to activate a robot, but keeps hitting the wrong remote button, instead activating the music, alarms and sprinklers.


Online: SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

ColinInvestigate
Investigate
Episode 4219
Colin Farrell and Elmo don't know what the word of the day is and investigate to find out. They are led to a big orange guy with lots of fur, who always knows the word.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

ReggieAppetite
Appetite
Episode 4220
Reggie Bush explains what appetite means, when two monsters appear with a strong hunger for his food.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

JulieBowenElmo
Binoculars
Episode 4221
Julie Bowen and Elmo show what binoculars are.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

NatalieFloat
Float
Episode 4222
Abby Cadabby aids Natalie Morales in showing what float means by making a pumpkin appear (so it can float on water), then making them both float.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

TayeIdinaAllergic
Allergic
Episode 4223
Taye Diggs and Idina Menzel try to explain what allergic means, but their animal assistants cause them to break out.


Online: SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

TyHexagon
Hexagon
Episode 4224
Abby helps Ty Burrell show what a hexagon is, but conjures up a circle and triangle, before finally turning Ty into a hexagon.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

RebeccaAccessory
Accessory
Episode 4225
Abby helps Rebecca Romijn show what accessories are by using magic, but gives her more than she needs. "You can never have too many accessories," Abby states.


Video: Best of Friends
Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

JimArachnid
Arachnid
Episode 4226
Jim Parsons has been called upon to talk about the word "arachnid," but has no idea what the word means. He gets chased by a spider trying to help.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Incognito-Elmo
Incognito
Episode 4227
Terrence Howard shows Elmo what incognito means, with visual aids from some disguised animals. Terrence then disguises himself as a certain red monster.


Online: SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

AltonRecipe
Recipe
Episode 4228
Alton Brown shows Abby what a recipe is and has her help him with one. She conjures up some music, balloons and friends; a recipe for fun!


Video: C is for Cooking
Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

JennGolashes
Galoshes
Episode 4229
Jennifer Garner and Abby show what galoshes are.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

SherriIdentical
Identical
Episode 4231
Sherri Shepherd and Abby show what identical means.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

EllenHealthy
Healthy
Episode 4232
Ellen Pompeo and Elmo explain ways to get yourself healthy.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

SamanthaReporter
Reporter
Episode 4233
Elmo becomes a reporter to help Samantha Harris explain the word, but there's nothing to report on. So, Samantha cooks up a story for him.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

AnnaGem
Gem
Episode 4234
Elmo and Anna Faris try to talk about the word "gem," but are constantly interrupted by a prince, presenting "the gorgeous Honey-Bunny Ms. Anna" with various jewels.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

LaDainianCelebrate
Celebration
Episode 4235
LaDainian Tomlinson and Elmo explain what a celebration is.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

UsherVolunteer
Volunteer
Episode 4236
Usher shows Elmo different ways to volunteer as they see some animals help Luis and Susan.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

RachealDozen
Dozen
Episode 4237
Rachel Griffiths shows things in a dozen, including eggs, a tray of bagels and some singing penguins.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

ZoeTransportation
Transportation
Episode 4238
Zoe Saldana and Elmo pretend to be various types of transportation.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Season 42

James-Engineer
Engineer
Episode 4257
James Marsden and Elmo engineer a spaghetti-serving device.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

CraigExperiment
Experiment
Episode 4258
To demonstrate the word "experiment," Elmo and Craig Ferguson see how many chickens is takes to lift Craig.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Lopez-Liquid
Liquid
Episode 4259
George Lopez, Abby and Elmo provide visual aids of liquids.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Jerry-Observe
Observe
Episode 4260
Jerry O'Connell observes a pie Murray has baked and discovers he's used pepper instead of sugar.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Johnny-Transform
Transform
Episode 4261
Johnny Galecki and Abby explain what transform means by having Abby transform their pumpkin into a coach. The pumpkin doesn't transform, but Johnny is turned into a pumpkin.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Sofia-Baile
Baile
Episode 4262
Sofía Vergara and Elmo explain what baile means.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Fragile01
Fragile
Episode 4263
Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Cookie Monster demonstrate the word "fragile" using Tyler's nana's cookie jar. Cookie over-eagerness causes Jesse to drop it.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

4264-Exchange
Exchange
Episode 4264
Naomi Watts, Liev Schreiber and Elmo exchange items and kisses.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Mila-Include
Include
Episode 4265
Mila Kunis and Elmo show the word "include" when some dancing sheep include them in their dance.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Mark-Empathy
Empathy
Episode 4266
Mark Ruffalo tells Murray some sad stories to help him understand the word "empathy."


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Seth-Embarassed
Embarrassed
Episode 4267
Embarrassing things happen to Seth Rogen when he and Elmo try to explain the word.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Facsinating
Fascinating
Episode 4268
Abby introduces Michelle Monaghan to some of her "fascinating" fairy-tale friends.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Jimmy-Sibling
Sibling
Episode 4269
Abby helps Jimmy Kimmel show what a sibling is, calling upon Hansel and Gretel, the Three Little Pigs, and poofing in Jimmy's own siblings "Timmy" and "Kimmy".


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Knicks-Compare
Compare
Episode 4270
Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony "compare" their basketball skills with Grover.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Amy-Elmo
Ingredient
Episode 4271
Amy Adams and Elmo explain the word "ingredient."


Video: C is for Cooking
Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Emma-Balance
Balance
Episode 4272
Emma Stone tries to show the word balance by balancing things on her head, but is unsuccessful. Abby provides some magical help.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Conan-Amphib01
Amphibian
Episode 4273
Conan O'Brien talks about the word "amphibian," but hasn't brought any visual aids. Abby magically conjures up a toad and newt, before turning Conan into a frog. She changes him back, but finds a few side effects.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Drew Brees
Measure
Episode 4274
Drew Brees measures how tall Elmo is by using various items, including a ruler, a potato, and a talking football.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Nicole-Stubborn
Stubborn
Episode 4275
Nicole Kidman and Oscar are going to explain the word "stubborn," but Oscar refuses to help, thus providing an example for her.


Online: SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

John-Soggy
Soggy
Episode 4276
Murray Monster tries to provide John Krasinski with soggy items, but he brings a dry sock and sponge. Murray then brings in an elephant, who provides some water (all over John).


Online: SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Ken-Elmo
Deciduous
Episode 4277
Elmo asks Ken Jeong to ask a nearby tree if it's deciduous. It drops its leaves in response.


Online: SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Maria-Senses
Senses
Episode 4278
Maria Menounos talks about the senses, while Oscar tries to get rid of her by giving her Grouchy things to use her senses with.


Online: SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Joel-Prickly
Prickly
Episode 4279
Some "prickly" characters aid Joel McHale explain the word.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Robin-Conflict
Conflict
Episode 4280
Robin Williams wants the Two-Headed Monster to demonstrate conflict, but they (ironically) get along.


Online: SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Rico Rodriquez
Magnify
Episode 4281
Rico Rodriguez and Elmo demonstrate what "magnify" means.


Online: SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Ss42-Gustavo Dudamel
Stupendous
Episode 4282
Gustavo Dudamel conducts some "stupendous" animal musical acts to show Elmo what the word means.


Online: SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Season 43

Hally-Nibble
Nibble
Episode 4301
Elmo brings Halle Berry some animals to nibble on her snacks. The bird and fish take large bites, while the ferocious tiger takes a tiny bite.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Blake-Champion
Champion
Episode 4302
Abby Cadabby magically pulls Blake Griffin from his basketball game to talk about the word "champion." He faces against a chicken to be the chicken-call champion.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Eric-Remember
Remember
Episode 4303
Abby and Eric Stonestreet explain the word "remember" as Eric remembers a list - "A loaf of bread, container of milk and a stick of butter," who turn out to be his friends.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Casey-Careful
Careful
Episode 4304
Casey Affleck and Murray explain what "careful" means while building a block tower.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Zac-Patience
Patience
Episode 4305
Zac Efron talks about the word "patience" while Elmo waits for him to finish so they can play basketball. They both end up waiting when the ball steps out for some air.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Ed-Grimace
Grimace
Episode 4306
Ed Helms shows what a grimace is, with a grimace expert judging them.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Sonia-Career
Career
Episode 4307
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor explains to Abby what a "career" is, explaining that "princess" isn't one. Abby decides to be a justice like her.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Jay-Tool
Tool
Episode 4308
Jay Mohr learns about the different types of tools.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Timothy-Proud
Proud
Episode 4309
Abby introduces Timothy Olyphant to her fairy tale friends (Hansel and Gretel, Humpty Dumpty and the Big Bad Wolf) who illustrate what proud means.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Wendy-Vet
Veterinarian
Episode 4310
Wendy Williams and her dog explain what a veterinarian is with the help of some ailing animals.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Steve-Vote
Vote
Episode 4311
Steve Carell, Abby and Elmo take a vote on what snack they should have - cheese or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. When a third, pizza-party candidate enters the race, they all pick her.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Maya-Brain
Brainstorm
Episode 4313
Maya Rudolph and Elmo brainstorm ways to explain the word.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Paleontologist
Paleontologist
Episode 4314
Amy Ryan and Elmo explain what a paleontologist does and meet a real life dinosaur.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Splatter
Splatter
Episode 4316
Abby will help Kristen Bell show splatter by using a splatter spell on Elmo, but unknowingly does it on Kristin's clean blouse.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Dax-Amplify
Amplify
Episode 4317
Abby helps Dax Shepard show "amplify."


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

JGL-Reinforce
Reinforce
Episode 4318
Joseph Gordon-Levitt reinforces his watch so it remains undamaged when Murray brings the hammer down.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Paula-Innovate
Innovation
Episode 4319
Elmo comes up with some innovations to help Paula Patton explain the word. He first invents a "Word-O-Pad" that displays the word, then a Word-O-Bot, and finally makes himself into a robot that sings and dances.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Melissa-Choreo
Choreographer
Episode 4321
Elmo introduces Melissa McCarthy to a penguin choreographer.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Matt-Attach
Attach
Episode 4322
Matt Kemp and Abby show "attach" using a sticker book and sippy cup. Abby wants to magically attach some numbers to his jersey, but instead attaches some stickers, sippy cups and even herself.


Video: Arts and Crafts Playdate
Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Kareem-Subtraction
Subtraction
Episode 4323
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar shows Big Bird subtraction with four birds who are specially trained to subtract themselves when they hear the word.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Don-Inflate
Inflate
Episode 4324
Don Cheadle and Elmo show things one can inflate, including Herbie - Elmo's inflatable friend.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Jon-Sculpture01
Sculpture
Episode 4325
Elmo is busy making a visual aid for Jon Hamm's explanation on what a sculpture is, so he finds various ones of different materials (and increasing weights). Just before Jon gets a hernia, Elmo finishes his sculpture - a likeness of himself, which thanks Jon for his compliment.


Video: Arts and Crafts Playdate
Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Kellan-Vibrate
Vibrate
Episode 4326
Kellan Lutz shows Cookie Monster things that vibrate, though he would rather go out for cookies. Kellan pulls out his cell phone, which Cookie devours; it soon vibrates from within him.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Season 44

Note: Kevin Clash performs Elmo in segments featured in episodes 4401, 4403 and 4417 (which were taped during production for season 43).[1] In other segments throughout this season, Ryan Dillon plays Elmo.
Charlize Theron-Jealous
Jealous
Episode 4401
Abby and Charlize Theron talk about the word "jealous," a feeling Charlize claims to have never felt before. Soon, she becomes jealous of Abby's wings. Abby magically gives her some, and now Elmo becomes jealous of Charlize's wings!


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Respect - Henry Cavill
Respect
Episode 4402
Henry Cavill and Elmo teach the Big Bad Wolf what respect means and ask him to give some to the Three Little Pigs.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Fragrance
Fragrance
Episode 4403
Elmo and Troy Polamalu look for something with a pleasant fragrance. They smell a stinky skunk, onion and sweatsock before Elmo catches the pleasant aroma of Troy's conditioner.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Sturdy - John Cho
Sturdy
Episode 4404
John Cho has Abby conjure up things that are sturdy, including a ladder, chair and rope that binds John.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

LenaW
Relax
Episode 4405
Lena Headey talks about the word "relax" with an energetic Murray.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Robot - Kunal Nayyar
Robot
Episode 4406
Grover tries to get his robot to help Kunal Nayyar talk about the word "robot."


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Texture - Josh Gad
Texture
Episode 4407
Abby helps demonstrate the word "texture" by magically changing Josh Gad into different textural outfits.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

Author - Lauren Graham
Author
Episode 4408
Lauren Graham and Grover demonstrate what an "author" is by writing a short story about a dill pickle.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

JessieW
Furious
Episode 4409
Jesse Williams and Elmo meet an easily furious fly named Felix.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Season44-Hank Azaria
Imposter
Episode 4411
Hank Azaria demonstrates what an "impostor" is by impersonating Cookie Monster, Grover and even Elmo.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Courteous - Cobie Smulders
Courteous
Episode 4412
Grover tries to show the word "courteous" with Cobie Smulders. Despite not knowing the word, Grover inadvertently demonstrates courtesy by politely asking Cobie to show what it means.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

DwightH
Strategy
Episode 4414
Dwight Howard and Elmo talk about the word "strategy." When a tiger takes Dwight's basketball and starts gnawing on it, the two of them have to think of a strategy to get it back.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

BenBratt
Translate
Episode 4415
Benjamin Bratt demonstrates the word "translate" with Elmo, a French-speaking cheese, and a hungry tiger who communicates in roars.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Disappointed - Sarah Michelle Gellar
Disappointed
Episode 4417
Elmo and Sarah Michelle Gellar talk about "disappointed." Sarah tries to help further demonstrate the word, but an Anything Muppet worker brings an unfinished disappointed sign, and she gets a chicken instead of cheerleaders. Both predicaments leave Sarah feeling disappointed.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Adventure - Ginnifer Goodwin
Adventure
Episode 4418
Ginnifer Goodwin and Abby imagine several adventurous scenarios and encounter a real dinosaur who wants to play tag.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Usher
Unique
Episode 4419
Bert shows one of his "unique" paperclips and a prized seltzer bottlecap. However, Usher doesn't think they're as unique as a sombrero wearing shrimp on a pogostick, or a cabbage driving a taxi cab. In the end, Usher and Bert demonstrate the word by showing off their one-of-a-kind dance moves.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

BillyGardel
Cheer
Episode 4420
Billy Gardell explains what "cheer" means while Elmo and Abby, who are dressed as cheerleaders, demonstrate. Abby poofs Billy a cheerleading outfit of his own so they can all cheer for the word "cheer."


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

EvanL
Confidence
Episode 4421
Evan Lysacek and Elmo encourage a nervous Stinky the Stinkweed, ultimately giving him the confidence he needs to explain the word "confidence."


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Athlete
Athlete
Episode 4423
Albert Pujols and Grover talk about the word "athlete." Grover tries to show how great an athlete he is, but fumbles in every sport. He doesn't realize Albert himself is an athlete.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

RutinaW
Plan
Episode 4424
Rutina Wesley, Abby and Elmo come up with a "plan" to explain the word.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Forest Whitaker-Imagination
Imagination
Episode 4425
Forest Whitaker shows "imagination" by pretending a stick is various things, while Count von Count counts the different things he does.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Absorb - Anna Kendrick
Absorb
Episode 4426
Anna Kendrick demonstrates "absorb" with Elmo, Abby and Murray; using a sponge, paper towels and Murray's furry fingers to absorb water.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Season 45

Strenuous-Wendi
Strenuous
Episode 4501
Wendi McLendon-Covey shows what "strenuous" means by running, lifting a boulder, and playing tug-of-war with a small but very strong chicken.


Online: SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Repair-Kat
Repair
Episode 4502
Kat Dennings and Abby "repair" the visual aid of the word when it falls over and breaks.


Online: SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Skin-Lupita
Skin
Episode 4503
Lupita Nyong'o and Elmo talk about their skin.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Flexible-Quinto
Flexible
Episode 4504
Zachary Quinto and Grover demonstrate the word "flexible" by having flexible frames of mind and bending some objects, including their own legs.
Enthusiastic-Mindy
Enthusiastic
Episode 4505
Elmo is "enthusiastic" about helping Mindy Kaling explain the word. Mindy is enthusiastic about dancing, but even more so about dancing with chickens. The chickens, however, prefer to jump.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Fiesta-Viola
Fiesta
Episode 4506
Viola Davis gives Elmo some festive clues as to what the Spanish word "fiesta" means.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Diagram-Claire
Diagram
Episode 4507
Claire Danes and Cookie Monster show off a diagram of a car, then of a cookie, which Cookie Monster naturally devours.


Online: SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Ridiculous-Aziz
Ridiculous
Episode 4508
Grover puts Aziz Ansari in "ridiculous" situations and outfits to help explain the word.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo), SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Astounding-IceCube
Astounding
Episode 4509
Ice Cube shows Elmo some "astounding" magic tricks; like making a penny disappear, pulling a baby dinosaur out of a hat, and turning himself into a literal ice cube.


Online: SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

Coach-Pau
Coach
Episode 4510
Pau Gasol and Abby show what a coach is.
Popular-Andy
Popular
Episode 4511
Andy Cohen and Elmo talk about the word "popular."
Empty-Jonah
Empty
Episode 4512
Jonah Hill demonstrates "empty" with Murray and some wild animals.
Resist-Ian
Resist
Episode 4513
Ian McKellen and Cookie Monster explain the word "resist."
Awful-Adam
Awful
Episode 4514
Adam Scott and Murray Monster talk about the word "awful."
Anxious-Braff
Anxious
Episode 4515
Zach Braff and Telly talk about the word "anxious."
Pattern-Craig
Pattern
Episode 4516
Craig Robinson and Elmo show what a "pattern" is.
Grouchy-Bill
Grouchy
Episode 4517
Bill Hader, Murray and Elmo show what "grouchy" is.
Friend-Brittany
Friend
Episode 4518
Brittany Snow, Elmo and an array of animals talk about what a "friend" is.
Divide-Nia
Divide
Episode 4519
Nia Long and Abby show how to divide.
Artist-Terry
Artist
Episode 4520
Terry Crews, Abby and The Count show what an artist is.
Greeting-Seth
Greeting
Episode 4521
Seth Meyers and The Count explain what a "greeting" is.
Nimble-Galifianakis
Nimble
Episode 4522
Zach Galifianakis and Murray talk about the word "nimble."
Applause-Levi
Applause
Episode 4523
Zachary Levi teaches Elmo the meaning of "applause" by showing some applause-worthy acts, including a tap-dancing tomato and a fire-breathing chicken.
Technology-Christina
Technology
Episode 4524
Christina Hendricks and Elmo introduce the word "technology."
Focus-Emmy
Focus
Episode 4525
Emmy Rossum and Abby explain the word "focus."
Explore-Emily
Explore
Episode 4526
Emily Blunt and Elmo explain the word "explore."

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 "On the Set of 'Sesame Street': Nice work if you can get it". Shaw, Jessica. Entertainment Weekly. September 21, 2012

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