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

Definition of playbill

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: 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



Definition of Playbill (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Examples of playbill in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The goal was first to be fair and chronicle the events leading to the mascot change, according to the show’s playbill. Christopher Arnott,, 24 May 2021 Maybe that would be considered a distraction anywhere else in the NFL, but in Jacksonville Tim Tebow can’t be anything but the first name on the playbill. Joseph Goodman |, al, 13 May 2021 In the meantime, the Duartes have launched a sponsorship campaign, starting at $35, who will receive playbill recognition and a T-shirt, up to large donations that come with the opportunity to name a seat — or even the stage. Matthew J. Palm,, 13 May 2021 Designer Jess Siswick created the playbill and original image -- ratatouille stacked in the shape of Remy the rat -- that the upcoming production has used in its promotional materials. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 10 Dec. 2020 Seating will more than double at the the deli's spacious new outpost, which will feature familiar touches such as walls adorned with celebrity caricatures and playbill covers. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, 10 Aug. 2020 From the C/D Archives By 2014, a decade had passed since the last Ferrari/Porsche supercar clash, and the rematch deepened with the addition of McLaren to the playbill. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, 5 July 2020 Posters and musical playbill photos, clippings from my high school’s newspaper, drawings, and ticket stubs. Anne Cohen,, 12 May 2020 Her home was filled with memories of past performances from photos to props, outfits and playbills. Jacob Beltran,, 29 Jan. 2020

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1610, in the meaning defined above

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“Playbill.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of playbill

: a poster or piece of paper that advertises a play

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