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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web Porter’s strong work ethic got him to the top fast and kept him there long enough to rub shoulders with everybody who was anybody in showbiz. David Kirby, Washington Post, "‘The Letters of Cole Porter’ amount to the last word on a madcap existence," 4 Dec. 2019 Even Mark Lester, a child-actor who won hearts in the title role and later packed in showbiz to become an osteopath, already was into his double digits. Chris Jones,, "Review: ‘Oliver!’ at Marriott Theatre is terrific, thanks in large part to these kids," 11 Nov. 2019 During the panel, the duo dished about working in showbiz, balancing time for their families, and finding—and becoming—inspiration. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "How Regina King Found—and Became—Inspiration," 29 Oct. 2019 Here’s a walk down TV memory lane, to revisit some series that, through the magic of showbiz, pretended to happen in Oregon but didn’t actually shoot here. oregonlive, "‘Stumptown’ isn’t the only TV show set in Oregon, but filmed someplace else," 25 Sep. 2019 Lately there’s a strange caution in the air about the intellectual pitfalls of comparing American politics to the performing arts — or worse, to showbiz. Washington Post, "Can we get past the idea that politics is a reality show? Not if CNN has anything to do with it.," 2 Aug. 2019 After more than 30 years in showbiz, the rock star just released her eleventh and final album, Threads, a collection of collaborations with everyone from Keith Richards to Brandi Carlile. Jeff Nelson,, "How Sheryl Crow Found Happiness After 'Lowest Moment' When She Battled Cancer Amid Public Breakup," 4 Sep. 2019 Brown spent the last five years analyzing college football for ABC’s Saturday studio show with a more measured and predictable approach to showbiz. Los Angeles Times, "College football: Will fresh starts for Les Miles and Mack Brown revive their careers?," 8 Aug. 2019 The New York Times Hugh Jackman is a shape-shifting master of showbiz: as the big-screen Wolverine, ripped and brooding; as a charismatic song-and-dance man, ripped and Broadway. New York Times, "Review: Hugh Jackman Isn’t Quite the Greatest Showman in an Arena," 30 June 2019

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First Known Use of showbiz

1872, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for showbiz

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7 Dec 2019

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“Showbiz.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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