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 In show business, masking feelings is a daily occurrence. Matt Baer, The Hollywood Reporter, ""I Didn't Know What Was Happening to Me": Hollywood Pros Share Stories of Overcoming Depression and Anxiety," 17 Jan. 2020 With a pair of notable films to her name this year plus a key streaming series that could play a big role in the future of television, Spencer re-upped her cred as one of the hardest-working women in show business. Ben Flanagan |, al, "Here are Alabama’s Entertainers of the Year," 31 Dec. 2019 The show business hospital became housing for seniors. Washington Post, "Mountain village embraces its legacy as cure center for TB," 1 Dec. 2019 That seems fitting, since, in spite of modern touches, the circus itself retains a sense of a show business lineage that stretches back to the 1800s. Cindy Dampier,, "‘Inside the tent, it’s one big party.’ Meet the UniverSoul Circus performers who’ve been wowing Chicago for generations," 5 Nov. 2019 Stocks also hit a record high, even as the figures showed business investment fell for a second straight period and the most since 2015. Reade Pickert / Bloomberg, Time, "U.S. Hiring Was Unexpectedly Resilient in October as 128,000 Jobs Added Despite GM Strike," 1 Nov. 2019 Presley never talked about stardom or the show business side of his life, Lupear recalled. Vincent T. Davis,, "San Antonio man served in the Army with Elvis Presley," 28 Oct. 2019 The sales tax hike coincided with the release of data showing business sentiment among large manufacturers worsening in September to its worst level since 2013. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Japan raises sales tax to 10% amid signs economy weakening," 30 Sep. 2019 And not just in comedy or navigating this show business stuff, but human stuff. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, "Sarah Silverman defends Dave Chappelle and humor that offends: ‘That’s comedy. You overstep’," 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of show business

1840, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jan 2020

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“Show business.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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