medicine show

noun

Definition of medicine show

: a traveling show using entertainers to attract a crowd among which remedies or nostrums are sold

Examples of medicine show in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The struggles of trans children in the era before modern transgender medicine show not just how trans youths are far from a new phenomenon, but also how tenacious and forward-thinking they were compared with their parents and doctors. Jules Gill-peterson, The Conversation, 1 June 2021 There also will be live entertainment through the course of the festival ranging from music and dancing to storytelling and a traditional-style medicine show, with a ceremonial cannon firing to end both days. Austen Erblat, sun-sentinel.com, 16 Oct. 2019 The Rolling Thunder Revue was conceived as an anti-corporate return to the days of travelling tricksters, medicine shows, and carnivals. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 10 June 2019 The festival’s other family-friendly attractions include a petting zoo, hands-on snake exhibit, archery, a medicine show wagon and camel rides. Allison Bagley, Houston Chronicle, 11 Apr. 2018 American entertainment—from the old-fashioned medicine show to the merchandise sold in connection with movies, television, rock ’n’ roll, Netflix, and comic books—has never shied away from soiling art with retail. Andrew Kahn, Slate Magazine, 21 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of medicine show

1887, in the meaning defined above

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“Medicine show.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/medicine%20show. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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