show·​girl | \ ˈshō-ˌgər(-ə)l How to pronounce showgirl (audio) \

Definition of showgirl

: a chorus girl in a musical comedy or nightclub show

Examples of showgirl in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a Las Vegas queen, Elliott is a dancing showgirl with an ’80s aesthetic. NBC News, "'RuPaul's Drag Race' announces first trans man contestant in season 13 cast," 9 Dec. 2020 With an impeccable showgirl drag aesthetic and natural comedic chops, Mateo had no trouble positioning herself as a fierce competitor among newer Drag Race stars vying for the crown alongside her. Joey Nolfi,, "Robbed icon Alexis Mateo on boldly playing Drag Race with 'big balls, baby!'," 13 July 2020 By the Ambrosiana museum, all the lunch tables were full and a famous soccer player and his showgirl girlfriend showed up to drink coffee at a fashionable cafe. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "It’s Not the Plague, but Milan Isn’t Itself Either," 27 Feb. 2020 Vanessa Hudgens hit the red carpet for the premiere of Bad Boys For Life on Tuesday (Jan. 14) in a feathery white gown straight out of a showgirl fantasy. Glenn Rowley, Billboard, "Vanessa Hudgens Was a Feathery Vision in White at 'Bad Boys For Life' Premiere: See the Look," 15 Jan. 2020 Peter’s fairy companion is a vamping showgirl full of sass. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Fly,’ La Jolla Playhouse’s new musical about Peter Pan and Wendy, needs to grow up," 11 Mar. 2020 The Las Vegas extravaganzas featuring showgirls and showboys in elaborate costumes are bouncing back to life, even though the shows closed long ago. Jay Jones,, "In Las Vegas, showgirls still strut their stuff (in museum displays)," 18 June 2019 But there is still a remarkable freshness to this political comedy that finds a showgirl coming to Washington, D.C., and proving more savvy than the political insiders. David Lyman,, "Cincy Shakes is mad as hell, and it's not gonna take this anymore," 4 Mar. 2020 But while the show is Las Vegas done right with feathers and showgirls galore, overall there might not be enough of Williams' own music for his fans' liking -- or his, for that matter. Melinda Sheckells, Billboard, "Robbie Williams' Winning Opening Weekend in Las Vegas: 'The Fastest Sellout of My Career,' Says AEG Exec," 11 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of showgirl

1836, in the meaning defined above

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“Showgirl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of showgirl

: a woman who sings or dances in a musical show

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