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

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Other Words from showbiz

showbizzy \ ˈshō-​ˌbi-​zē How to pronounce showbiz (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 He got sidetracked after his online posts about showbiz history drew attention. Jason Zinoman, New York Times, "Writing Native American Stand-Ups Into the History of Comedy," 16 Feb. 2021 Everything entertainment from weekend plans to showbiz news. Laura Mazade, The Enquirer, "Learn what's coming and going around Cincinnati: Sign up for our Openings & Closings newsletter," 12 Feb. 2021 Under Murphy’s direction, however, a satire of celebrity activism becomes a love letter to showbiz — in which doing good for the publicity can be good in itself. Jackson Mchenry, Vulture, "With a big Netflix deal and the power to green-light almost anything, Ryan Murphy has become the ultimate insider. And his work is suffering.," 4 Jan. 2021 Thus does Wonder Woman 1984, and Jenkins’s political/showbiz confusion, immediately backfire. Armond White, National Review, "Wonder Woman 1984 Is a Comic-Book Movie for Every Liberal," 25 Dec. 2020 After 60 years in showbiz, Glynn Turman is one of the busiest actors in Hollywood, scoring plum roles in prestigious films and TV series. Los Angeles Times, "Today’s Headlines: A deal on economic aid, at last," 21 Dec. 2020 Exotic's showbiz lifestyle have led many to speculate that Trump would view him as a kindred spirit and grant a pardon. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Trump pardons: 7 high profile people who may get one," 18 Dec. 2020 To an audience that had been told for years that showbiz celebrities disdained their values, here was one of their celebrities, a real celebrity from TV, taking their side. New York Times, "The Tug-of-Culture-War Goes On," 14 Dec. 2020 Murray has matured into the kind of showbiz eminence that won George Burns an Oscar. Armond White, National Review, "Sofia Coppola’s Cinema-of-Privilege," 23 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of showbiz

1872, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for showbiz

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“Showbiz.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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