show·​man | \ ˈshō-mən \

Definition of showman

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

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Other Words from showman

showmanship \ ˈshō-​mən-​ˌship \ noun

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The Orsini brothers, Armando and Elio, were talented showmen who were always on the lookout for new takes on classic dishes that might interest their high-wattage regulars, such as Frank Sinatra and Jackie Onassis. David Samuels, Town & Country, "One Bad Egg," 18 Oct. 2013 Watch closely and enjoy as the showman sings on what appears to be a tree to the left while elephants and bears walk to the beat. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "The Greatest Showman," 12 Dec. 2018 Among the items being auctioned are watches from the classic showman’s collection. Jay Jones,, "Jerry Lewis' prop teeth, watches from Hollywood buddies and other personal effects to be auctioned in Las Vegas," 13 June 2018 And perhaps there is no better showplace than Las Vegas and no better showman than chef Gordon Ramsay to be the first. Melinda Sheckells, The Hollywood Reporter, "Gordon Ramsay Opens a 'Hell’s Kitchen'-Themed Restaurant in Las Vegas," 30 Jan. 2018 Donald Trump is a showman, who has been playing the media like a Stradivarius his whole life. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Trump 7, Eagles 0," 6 June 2018 President Donald Trump considers himself a master showman, having honed the ability to build suspense over 14 seasons of reality television, a convention-shattering presidential campaign and nearly 18 months in office. Brian Bennett, Time, "How President Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Could Change the U.S.," 10 July 2018 Kasatkina oozes talent, blending power and innate timing with deft touch and a showman's flair for shotmaking. Geoff Macdonald, New York Times, "Players to Watch at the French Open," 25 May 2018 And then there is the chance that Trump maintains a fellow showman's appreciation of Avenatti's style. Callum Borchers, Washington Post, "Why hasn’t Trump attacked Michael Avenatti?," 17 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of showman

: a person who is good at entertaining people


show·​man | \ ˈshō-mən \
plural showmen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of showman

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

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