show business


Definition of show business

: the arts, occupations, and businesses (such as theater, motion pictures, and television) that comprise the entertainment industry

Examples of show business in a Sentence

She has been in show business for over 30 years. actors trying to break into show business

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Then again, show business success is only a small part of Walsh's puzzle. Rob Ledonne, Billboard, "Moving Past Addiction, Billy Walsh Is Co-Writing Smash Hits & Styling Stars," 5 June 2019 With over 43 years in show business, Reba McEntire shows no signs of slowing down. Jason Ikeler, Good Housekeeping, "A Closer Look at Reba McEntire's Iconic Career," 19 Apr. 2019 Stock indexes rose and interest rates decreased after a Commerce Department survey showed business investment decreased in March for the third time in the last four months. Washington Post, "Facebook and big tech stocks rally as US indexes climb," 26 Apr. 2018 Shortly afterwards, Verdon retired from show business to focus on raising a family, and the couple's daughter, Nicole Fosse, was born in 1963. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Complete Timeline of the Real Relationship Between Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon," 9 Apr. 2019 Ballard made a mark in every form of show business except movies. Lynn Elber, The Seattle Times, "Kaye Ballard, boisterous singer and actress, dies at 93," 22 Jan. 2019 This sartorial movement followed the (ongoing) outings of numerous high-profile men accused of repeated assault and harassment, including the likes of show business bigwigs Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey. Beth Spotswood, San Francisco Chronicle, "A place where women can speak their minds," 9 Jan. 2018 Chicago, and The Good Wife] navigate show business for decades. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Roswell, New Mexico Actress Lily Cowles Reveals Whether or Not She Believes in Aliens," 16 Jan. 2019 With over 30 years in show business, Candace Cameron Bure shows no signs of slowing down. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Candace Cameron Bure's Net Worth Proves There's Nothing the 'Fuller House' Star Can't Do," 19 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of show business

1840, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of show business

: the entertainment industry involved in making movies, television shows, plays, etc.

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