playbill

noun
play·​bill | \ ˈplā-ˌbil How to pronounce playbill (audio) \

Definition of playbill

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a bill (see bill entry 4 sense 5a) advertising a public performance or set of performances A playbill—an early poster—advertising Shakespeare's Hamlet at Newcastle's original Theatre Royal in Mosley Street in December 1791 was discovered among prints bought in an auction sale …— Evening Chronicle So the two began plastering up playbills and cultivating a badboy image.— Logan Hill

Playbill

trademark

Definition of Playbill (Entry 2 of 2)

used for a theater program (see program entry 1 sense 2a)

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In the Morgan exhibit, playbills from early productions identify the nameless creature with only dashes—a gimmick that met with Shelley’s approval. Brenda Cronin, WSJ, "The Making of a Monster," 27 Sep. 2018 An eclectic menu that spotlights California’s agricultural bounty is on the playbill too. New York Times, "36 Hours in Napa Valley," 21 June 2018 The playbill guarantees at least three additional acts, plenty of time leftover for more fun and games. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "Golden Knights, Capitals Provide Game 1 Cup Final Spectacle Fitting for Vegas," 29 May 2018 Judging by Guadalupe's description of it, and the show's playbill information, the company's new evening-length story ballet is completely out of the ordinary. Zachary Lewis, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Ballet venturing 'out of the box' with new 'Alice' (preview)," 7 May 2018 That's not a playbill likely to put the historic Flagstar Strand, or for that matter downtown Pontiac itself, back on the mental maps of Oakland County’s affluent, concert-hungry residents. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Pride, history, tax dollars at stake in renovation of Pontiac theater," 6 May 2018 Well, no yellowface here, as the surnames in the playbill — Lim, Panmeechao, Oh, Ozeki — attest. Kerry Lengel, azcentral, "Theater review: Do Asian actors make ‘The King and I’ more ‘authentic’ at ASU Gammage?," 21 Mar. 2018 Here’s a playbill credit one doesn’t see often: Pie consultant. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "'Waitress' pie consultant will make some sweet visuals for Dr. Phillips performance," 17 Mar. 2018 The scrolling credits and the fine print in the playbill record a strict division of labor. A. O. Scott, New York Times, "The Return of the Artistic Company," 18 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of playbill

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1610, in the meaning defined above

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playbill

noun

English Language Learners Definition of playbill

: a poster or piece of paper that advertises a play

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