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

Recent Examples on the Web

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 Although Meghan made a name for herself in show business playing Rachel Zane for seven seasons of TV drama Suits, her love for the theater began at a young age. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry & Duchess Meghan Make Diversity & Youth Issues a Priority During Busy Day of Engagements," 30 Jan. 2019 Actually, for a decade or so, partly on the success of the red cup, what plopped out of Solo was a show business vanity project, starring a Chicago singer named Dora Hall. Christopher Borrelli,, "That red plastic cup is a Chicago original. Proceed to party.," 29 June 2018 The appeal won’t change anything at AT&T while the district court’s ruling remains in effect, but comes as an unwelcome distraction for the company, where executives were eager to plunge into the high-profile world of show business. Drew Fitzgerald, WSJ, "Justice Department Appeals Ruling Allowing AT&T-Time Warner Merger," 12 July 2018 Like the stand-up-to-sitcom trade route that defined much of 20th century situation comedy, the Web creates opportunity for actors that the industrial machinery of mainstream show business might reject as too unconventional. Robert Lloyd,, "'Liza On Demand' review: A tough job, but some YouTube star has to do it," 27 June 2018 That’s a rule of show business.’ Who was I to break a rule of show business? Natalie Stone,, "Tom Arnold Reviews His 'Trump-Loving Troll' Ex-Wife Roseanne Barr's Roseanne Reboot," 26 Mar. 2018 Sure, there may be a bit of drama — but hey, that’s show business. Virgo (August 23 - September 22) Problem-solving is Virgo's superpower. Allure, "How the Sun's Position In Your Birth Chart Affects Your Zodiac Sign," 14 Aug. 2018

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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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