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

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

Examples of showman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Where many television hosts assume the persona of a brash showman, there was a sincerity about Ross’ approach. David Lyman, The Enquirer, "A Bob Ross quilt show in Cincinnati? 2020 needs this," 20 Nov. 2020 The home-movie aesthetic hides the instincts of a Hollywood showman. Jason Zinoman, New York Times, "The Best Half-Hour of Comedy in 2020 Is About … Scaffolding?," 2 Nov. 2020 Baron-Cohen perhaps is the most exciting as Hoffman, the activist/showman who even his fellow activists seemed to underestimate. Lindsey Bahr, Star Tribune, "Review: The Chicago Seven trial gets the Aaron Sorkin touch," 14 Oct. 2020 The world lost an icon, innovator, showman, virtuoso, master songwriter and perhaps one of the biggest inspirations ever to learn how to play guitar. Darlene Aderoju,, "John Mayer, Keith Urban and Lenny Kravitz Among Guitarists Mourning Eddie Van Halen: 'A True Virtuoso'," 6 Oct. 2020 Before Thursday evening’s dueling town halls began, the conventional wisdom was that, once again, Donald Trump, the greatest showman, had hoodwinked the news media. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "NBC Did Joe Biden a Big Favor," 15 Oct. 2020 Yet the man who fancies himself the ultimate showman has proved to be terrible at choreographing these bids for attention. Washington Post, "The president cares about his image. That’s pretty much it.," 5 Oct. 2020 Trump has always been a showman, even before becoming a TV star or politician, and as the latest flurry of events illustrated, his presidency has exhibited an acute consciousness of how things look on TV. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Reality TV' helped shape Donald Trump's image as it blurred the lines of reality," 7 Oct. 2020 In January 1850, the showman P.T. Barnum convinced Lind to undertake a concert tour of America. Bryan Greene, Smithsonian Magazine, "When Opera Star Jenny Lind Came to America, She Witnessed a Nation Torn Apart Over Slavery," 6 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of showman

1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 Nov 2020

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“Showman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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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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