noun, often attributive
show·​biz | \ ˈshō-ˌbiz How to pronounce showbiz (audio) \

Definition of showbiz

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Other Words from showbiz

showbizzy \ ˈshō-​ˌbi-​zē How to pronounce showbizzy (audio) \ adjective

Examples of showbiz in a Sentence

Sometimes the critics love you and sometimes they hate you. That's showbiz.

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In it, an aging Hollywood actor and his even older agent meet regularly to ruminate on life and showbiz. Rico Gagliano, WSJ, "This Iconic Hollywood Restaurant Lets You Travel Back in Time," 13 Feb. 2019 Levy’s inside-but-outside showbiz upbringing and career has helped to ground him as Schitt’s Creek becomes more popular in Hollywood Hills territory. Bridget Read, Vogue, "How Dan Levy Made the Funniest Show on TV," 16 Jan. 2019 Now her versatile touch with everything from voluminous curls to box braids has made the 40-year-old one of the busiest stylists in showbiz. Jessica Cruel, Glamour, "The Curly-Hair Celebrity Stylists Redefining Hollywood Beauty," 1 Aug. 2018 Courtesy of Dylan King/Entertainment Studios The media mogul, now 57, got his start in showbiz at age 14 with a lot of encouragement from his mom, Carolyn Folks, who serves as an executive producer on the game show and was also on set. Anita Bennett, Fortune, "Funny You Should Ask – Byron Allen Is Ready to Conquer the Movie Business," 25 June 2018 This was my musical debut for the entire world, and the number one rule in showbiz is that the show must go on. Scott Bradlee, Billboard, "Scott Bradlee Shares How Postmodern Jukebox Got Him Fired From Walmart: Exclusive 'Outside the Jukebox' Book Excerpt," 7 June 2018 For these Vegas boys, rock ’n’ roll is pure showbiz, and no stadium-rock cliché is off-limits. Terence Cawley,, "Spirited opening for Boston Calling," 26 May 2018 Wonderful Town The best new musical award from 1953 New York Drama Critics Circle, as well as 10k Gold Donaldson Award for this musical about two sisters who arrive in New York with dreams of making it in showbiz. Jordan Riefe, The Hollywood Reporter, "Skirball Cultural Center Celebrates 'Leonard Bernstein at 100'," 27 Apr. 2018 The general rule in showbiz is to never talk about your age. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Logic Goes Gray in 'Everyday' Video, Plus 8 Other Times Artists Aged in Front of Our Eyes," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of showbiz

1872, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for showbiz

by shortening & alteration

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a strong desire or propensity

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