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 Everyone in show business knows that babies and animals can be notoriously difficult scene partners. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "Why Ethan Hawke and Logan Marshall-Green relied on a baby's acting for Adopt a Highway," 31 Oct. 2019 After five decades in show business, neither Debbie nor Phylicia is slowing down. Susan Fales-hill, Town & Country, "How Sisters Debbie Allen and Phylicia Rashad Built on Their Family's Artistic Dynasty," 23 Oct. 2019 Rihanna may just be the busiest woman in show business right now — managing a beauty empire, clothing label, and lingerie company. Danielle Kwateng-clark, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna Gives Details About Her Highly Anticipated Reggae Album," 9 Oct. 2019 In the past, Julian Edelman’s made no secret of his affection for show business. Isaac Feldberg,, "Julian Edelman plots Hollywood takeover," 18 Aug. 2019 The hotel was home to luminaries in show business and the arts, including Arthur Miller, Stanley Kubrick, Janis Joplin and Sid Vicious (who killed his girlfriend there). Michele Langevine Leiby, Washington Post, "‘The Chelsea Girls’ revisits the fear and desperation of the McCarthy-era theater world," 12 Aug. 2019 The similarities between show business and pro sports are staggering. Eric Marchese,, "O.C. theaters put a spin on classic stories," 19 June 2019 Bryan Freedman was a powerful entertainment industry lawyer known for representing some of the biggest stars, producers and agents in show business. oregonlive, "Bad blood, betrayal turns L.A. coach into Nike whistleblower," 7 Sep. 2019 Over the course of six decades in show business, Valerie Harper played dozens of roles. Judy Berman, Time, "How Valerie Harper Paved the Way for Today's Sitcom Women," 5 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of show business

1840, in the meaning defined above

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27 Nov 2019

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“Show business.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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