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 Yet that veneer of anonymity propelled one of the busiest late-blooming careers in show business. Adam Bernstein,, 13 June 2022 Yet that veneer of anonymity propelled one of the busiest, late-blooming careers in show business. Adam Bernstein, Washington Post, 13 June 2022 But five decades of life, two of them spent in show business, have given Lopez a healthy perspective and deep sense of gratitude. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 June 2022 Pendleton has been in show business for sixty years; married to the same woman, Katina Commings, for fifty-two; and at HB since the moon landing. Henry Alford, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 Despite having recorded 24 albums over 40 years and touring the world with some of the biggest names in show business, Lawson was determined to give back and never let his lack of notoriety bother him. Amanda Kondolojy, Orlando Sentinel, 15 May 2022 At first, my parents tried to discourage me from being in show business. Marc Myers, WSJ, 10 May 2022 Such is the world of show business in the internet age. Clarence Page,, 5 Apr. 2022 That is, the world is a gullible circus, dragged down by poseurs who appropriate the false values of show business. Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of show business

1840, in the meaning defined above

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24 Jun 2022

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“Show business.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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