game show


: a television program on which contestants compete for prizes in a game (such as a quiz)

Examples of game show in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1958, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of game show was in 1958

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“Game show.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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game show

: a television program in which contestants compete for prizes in a game (as a quiz)

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