medicine show


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 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,, "Fire the cannons, Pirate Fest and Mermaid Splash returns for eighth year," 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, "The Chaotic Magic of Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue," 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, "Recreating Texas history - with camels - for the Battle of San Jacinto," 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, "A review of the solar eclipse of 2017.," 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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