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 The isolation that Candy had felt in any sort of community—in her birth family, at school, in show business—had left her not wanting to join any group as an adult. Hilton Als, The New Yorker, 8 Apr. 2024 Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, the 15-year-old daughter of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, has show business in her blood. Sam Reed, Glamour, 5 Apr. 2024 Swift, of course, is a show business phenomenon who sells out stadiums around the world, including here at U.S. Bank Stadium last June. Joe Soucheray, Twin Cities, 3 Feb. 2024 Like her character, Diana Nyad, Bening is being positioned as an endurance artist, someone who has persevered through decades of show business. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 26 Feb. 2024 Timberlake is hardly the most despicable person in show business and his greatest offense was one that, unfortunately, plenty of other artists have committed as well: Blithely benefiting from white male privilege and throwing his less charmed counterparts under the bus. Lindsay Zoladz, New York Times, 15 Mar. 2024 At the height of their popularity in the 1960s and ’70s, Lawrence and Gormé were one of show business’ hottest couples. Chris Koseluk, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Mar. 2024 He is survived by his wife, Susan Schneider, and three children, including Zelda Williams, who has followed in her father's footsteps through show business. Katie Rife,, 27 Feb. 2024 Her unique beauty inspired her mother to put her into show business, and by age 3 Elizabeth was taking ballet lessons. People Staff, Peoplemag, 26 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of show business was in 1840

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“Show business.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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show business

: the arts, occupations, and companies that make up the entertainment industry

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