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 Robins, who had a 50-year career in show business, came to Los Angeles from Toronto in 1969, and one of his first gigs was in production on CBS' The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour. Mike Barnes, Billboard, "Larry Robins, Music Manager and Producer, Dies at 75," 12 Feb. 2021 Pop Tate is played by Alvin Sanders, a man who has been in show business since 1985, according to his IMDB. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "What is Going to Happen to Pop Tate in "Riverdale" Season 5?," 11 Feb. 2021 Variety, the entertainment publication, called it the largest contract in the history of show business up to that time. Washington Post, "Siegfried Fischbacher, half of large-animal magic team Siegfried & Roy, dies at 81," 14 Jan. 2021 Thus began one of the most unlikely romances in show business. Matt Schudel,, "Phyllis McGuire, star of popular 1950s vocal trio the McGuire Sisters, dies at 89," 3 Jan. 2021 But like the rest of Hollywood, Cedric has cut back on show business because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Greg Braxton, Star Tribune, "Cedric is glad to be entertaining again," 1 Dec. 2020 But like the rest of Hollywood, Cedric has cut back on show business because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times, "There’s ‘an enemy out there,’ says Cedric the Entertainer. And he’s ready to fight back," 16 Nov. 2020 Quibi, imagined as a kind of Uber for television, turned out to be the Juicero of show business. New York Times, "Site Information Navigation," 24 Apr. 2020 Did the president of show business appear to personally congratulate him? Washington Post, "Riz Ahmed knows his worth. With the gut-wrenching ‘Sound of Metal,’ he ensures you do, too.," 3 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of show business

1840, in the meaning defined above

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24 Feb 2021

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“Show business.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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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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