show·​biz ˈshō-ˌbiz How to pronounce showbiz (audio)
often attributive
showbizzy adjective

Examples of showbiz in a Sentence

Sometimes the critics love you and sometimes they hate you. That's showbiz.
Recent Examples on the Web Their friendship doesn’t feel like one of those chummy showbiz performances. Vulture, 6 Sep. 2023 The tie-up that Jones and his team heavily championed launched one of the most lucrative movie-plus-marketing twofers in showbiz history. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 24 Aug. 2023 The screenings, which are targeted at BAFTA and AMPAS voters as well as key players in the showbiz community in the U.K., will take place at London’s The Cinema at Selfridges. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 24 Aug. 2023 Selena's current ventures are earning her some big bucks, but she's been on the showbiz grind for many, many years. Addison Aloian, Women's Health, 7 Aug. 2023 But automation isn’t just a showbiz concern, new polling for the Los Angeles Times shows. Brian Contreras, Los Angeles Times, 6 Aug. 2023 Their fate, seen on the fringes of showbiz, reveals the personal, emotional dynamics of family life and private ambition. Armond White, National Review, 11 Aug. 2023 As the daughter of one of Hollywood’s most influential moguls, Howard lived a life sprinkled with showbiz fairy dust. Mark David, Robb Report, 10 Aug. 2023 The 36-year-old doesn’t look like the type to seek out the bright lights of showbiz. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 9 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


by shortening & alteration

First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of showbiz was in 1872

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“Showbiz.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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