game show


Definition of 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

Recent Examples on the Web Stephen and Ayesha Curry's new game show, which will pit celebrity couples against each other, is officially coming soon. Jason Duaine Hahn,, 19 Jan. 2022 The Real Housewives, The Bachelor, every game show full of heteronormative cultural references). Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner, Glamour, 24 Nov. 2021 This month, subscribers to Netflix in the United States will have one more chance to watch an uproariously funny game show, a beloved girl-power comedy, a family film that adults may love more than kids and two wild cult comedies. Jason Bailey, New York Times, 6 Oct. 2021 In that book, a game show called That’s My Partner! Philippa Snow, The New Republic, 27 Sep. 2021 The legendarily productive band wasted no time capitalizing on their TV game show fame with an instant merch drop featuring the question and answer. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 29 Dec. 2021 Wheel of Fortune fans are criticizing the long-running game show after a contestant lost out on a prize over a timing technicality on Tuesday's show. Ally Mauch,, 23 Dec. 2021 After the computer science PhD student from New Haven, Connecticut hinted that his run on the beloved game show might be coming to an end, Matt won his 33rd consecutive game on Friday. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 4 Oct. 2021 Beyond Steve on Watch, Harvey continues to host new episodes of his popular game show Family Feud. Jeff Conway, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of game show

1958, in the meaning defined above

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22 Jan 2022

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“Game show.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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: a television program in which people try to win prizes in a game

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