show·​man | \ ˈshō-mən How to pronounce showman (audio) \

Definition of showman

1 : the producer of a play or theatrical show
2 : a notably spectacular, dramatic, or effective performer

Other Words from showman

showmanship \ ˈshō-​mən-​ˌship How to pronounce showman (audio) \ noun

Examples of showman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Picasso was one of the great showmen of the century, and, as every showman knows, the show must go on, and on, and on. John Banville, The New Republic, 16 Nov. 2021 Bouncing back on stage, Bryan whipped off his jacket and shifted into full-concert mode — much to the everyone's delight — to finish the song with a showman's flourish. Nancy Kruh,, 11 Nov. 2021 In his testimony, Houdini exhibited the skills of a litigator and a showman, treating the House caucus room to a master class on the tricks mediums employed. Bryan Greene, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Oct. 2021 Starmer described Johnson as trivial and a showman. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 2 Oct. 2021 Then there was Selig Zoo, whose owner was a showman and West Coast movie pioneer. Los Angeles Times, 20 July 2021 The charismatic showman, a captivating presence when Iron Maiden last played South Florida in 2019, will open his first North American spoken-word tour in Fort Lauderdale on Jan. 17, the departure point for a 34-city jaunt. Ben Crandell,, 4 Nov. 2021 His latest venture, CryptoZoo, could prove to be his greatest (and riskiest) move to become today’s greatest showman. Jon Youshaei, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 Additionally, the abominable showman mentions having kids including a daughter, and Omarion has a son and daughter. Rachel Yang,, 19 May 2021

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First Known Use of showman

1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of showman was in 1728

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“Showman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of showman

: a person who is good at entertaining people


show·​man | \ ˈshō-mən How to pronounce showman (audio) \
plural showmen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of showman

: a person having a special skill for presenting something in a dramatic way


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