showgirl

noun
show·​girl | \ˈshō-ˌgər(-ə)l \

Definition of showgirl 

: a chorus girl in a musical comedy or nightclub show

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Velma Kelly was inspired by a former showgirl turned gunwoman. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Woman's Day, "The Real Story Behind the Musical 'Chicago'," 12 May 2017 So, how did a Frida Kahlo painting about the 1938 suicide of a New York socialite and Ziegfeld showgirl end up in the Arizona desert two decades later? Kerry Lengel, azcentral, "How the Phoenix Art Museum acquired Frida Kahlo’s 'Suicide' painting," 13 July 2018 Christine Keeler—a 19-year-old Soho showgirl who allegedly dabbled in prostitution—had been staying in a cottage on the property with a friend, and the two snuck into the estate's pool for a skinny-dip. Keith Flanagan, Town & Country, "Inside Cliveden House, the Hotel Where Meghan Markle Will Spend the Night Before Her Wedding," 14 May 2018 Chachki commissioned custom jewelry and lingerie and wears everything from Prada, Miu Miu, and Michael Schmidt to vintage showgirl pieces from the ’40s and ’50s, as well as some of her own designs. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Violet Chachki and Dita Von Teese on the Empowering Glamour of Old-School Burlesque," 4 May 2018 The origin stories date to the ’30s and tend to feature a Mexican showgirl or a Texas socialite and a bartender determined to impress her. Franz Lidz, Smithsonian, "The Uniquely Texan Origins of the Frozen Margarita," 27 June 2018 They were married from 1933 until 1945, when Powell, a Baptist minister, left her for his second wife — another showgirl. James Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "Island’s Heritage Trail honors African-American Vineyarders," 9 May 2018 Eighteen years her senior, Frank Gould was the kind of guy who started drinking at 8 a.m. and tried to kill his second wife, the English showgirl Edith Maud Kelly. Karen Karbo, New York Times, "The Amazing Life of a Robber Baron’s Daughter-in-Law, With Caveats," 13 Apr. 2018 Lawrence's wife, Marie, was an original partner and creator of the Taste Kittens showgirls. Dave Hoekstra, Chicago Reader, "Oldest black-owned nightclub in city faces uncertain future," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of showgirl

1836, in the meaning defined above

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showgirl

noun

English Language Learners Definition of showgirl

: a woman who sings or dances in a musical show

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