boy band


Definition of boy band

: a small ensemble of males in their teens or twenties who play pop songs geared especially to a young female audience

Examples of boy band in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Styles has always seemed to buck tradition as an ex-boy band member, keenly aware that people are looking at him but ready to subvert their expectations. Washington Post, "How Harry Styles navigated solo stardom, from One Direction to ‘Fine Line’," 13 Dec. 2019 While launching the careers of successful boy bands Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync, Lou Pearlman was also operating two other companies, Transcontinental Airlines Travel Services Inc. and Transcontinental Airlines Inc. Aaliyah Gibson,, "Scams and shams: The biggest frauds in business," 1 Nov. 2019 Each team will perform two dances, set to hits by boy bands and girl groups. Mary Colurso |, al, "Trick or treat? Hannah Brown goes for both on ‘Dancing with the Stars’," 29 Oct. 2019 Politico also found a 2006 press release showing that Parnas had a relationship with Lou Pearlman, the former manager of the boy bands NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys. Skyler Swisher,, "Indicted South Florida Giuliani associate was once sued for not paying for Miami Heat season tickets," 17 Oct. 2019 In 2012, the members of One Direction were still very much a boy band and Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik were breaking Instagram records with this photo of themselves on Halloween. Andrea Wurzburger,, "Beyoncé's Pregnancy Announcement, Stormi's Debut and the Most-Liked Instagrams from Each Year of the Decade," 18 Dec. 2019 The Korean boy band, whose first album debuted in 2013, is a global phenomenon with over 23 million followers on Twitter alone. Chevaz Clarke, CBS News, "Twitter's 2019 trends: What was most popular on Twitter this year?," 9 Dec. 2019 Country star Thomas Rhett sold out St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center on Saturday night with a show that felt more like a one-man boy band than a Nashville troubadour. Ross Raihala, Twin Cities, "Thomas Rhett offers high-energy evening of pop songs with a bit of twang at the X," 7 Sep. 2019 Brockhampton’s members initially described the group as a boy band. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, "Brockhampton Grows Up," 2 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of boy band

1985, in the meaning defined above

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10 Jan 2020

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“Boy band.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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