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 Evans managed to finish high school while chasing (and catching) Broadway showgirls and, by his 20s, had drifted into modeling menswear. cleveland, "Robert Evans, Hollywood mogul of legendary bravado, dies at 89," 28 Oct. 2019 Say so long to your dad’s Las Vegas of windowless casinos, showgirl revues and Celine Dion ballads. Elaine Glusac,, "See ya, Celine. Hello, Gaga. Vegas is getting a millennial makeover as resorts cater to the next generation of hedonists.," 27 Aug. 2019 Supporting players include real historical figures such as showgirl Evelyn Nesbit (Sarah Pierce) and illusionist Harry Houdini (Matt Takahashi) — the most impressive being Bryce Hamilton’s firebrand activist Emma Goldman. Tom Titus,, "On Theater: ‘Ragtime’ a sprawling epic at the Chance," 8 July 2019 To reinforce the Vegas vibe, black and white photos of The Rat Pack litter the walls, along with portraits of showgirls in various states of dress. Nick Kindelsperger,, "The Whale restaurant brings downtown luxury to Logan Square. But the food is dreadful.," 31 Oct. 2019 To this day, every show is stuffed full of showgirls in feathers and sequins, dancing and singing. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Follow Ernest Hemingway’s Footsteps Through Havana," 9 Dec. 2015 Paris Hilton also had a full showgirl moment onstage, arriving on an Eiffel Tower prop in a shimmery silver ensemble with a group of male dancers. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Billy Porter Performs "Lady Marmalade" at NYFW Show, Sends Wigs Flying Into Space," 10 Sep. 2019 The fashion on-stage, however, was decidedly more scant, as a pair of corseted showgirls sent iPhones flashing with their own sword swallowing performance in the minutes before the curtain went up. Maria Ward, Vogue, "Moulin Rouge! Premieres on Broadway With a Spectacularly Splashy Opening Night," 26 July 2019 During a benefit, Sandy surprised everyone by donning her old showgirl costume and taking to the stage in a moment that brought the house down. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "Geena Davis on that epic GLOW season 3 surprise costume change: 'I achieved my dream'," 12 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of showgirl

1836, in the meaning defined above

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1 Dec 2019

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“Showgirl.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of showgirl

: a woman who sings or dances in a musical show

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