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

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The portrait that emerges in director Ursula Macfarlane's film -- which made its debut in January at the Sundance Film Festival -- depicts Weinstein as a brilliant showman, cut from the same cloth as the early studio chiefs. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Untouchable' digs into roots of Harvey Weinstein story," 30 Aug. 2019 Steak 954, from showman restaurateur Stephen Starr, has been open for nearly a decade, a dependable albeit pricey place that has become part of Fort Lauderdale’s fine-dining firmament. Michael Mayo,, "8 picks for great meal deals during Fort Lauderdale restaurant months," 31 July 2019 If PMQs is intrinsically the best show in the best theater district in all of Europe, what happens when its star is an actual showman, a guy who owes his fame and ultimately his ascent to No. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Greatest Show in the West End," 26 July 2019 Fronting the band as a six-piece format with four additional vocalists, Flowers was a natural showman ,dressed in a black suit with colorfully bedazzled lapel. Erik Ernst, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Killers pulled a Milwaukee fan on stage to play bass at sensational Summerfest show," 6 July 2019 Now the English showman, magician, and all-round beguiling trickster is back, bringing his show Derren Brown: Secret to a Broadway audience this time around. Ruth Kinane,, "Derren Brown: Secret on Broadway delights even more than it deceives," 16 Sep. 2019 Barnum Musical Theatre Guild opens its 24th season with a concert performance of this Tony-winning tale about the 19th-century showman. Los Angeles Times, "Theater in L.A. this week: Bill Irwin’s ‘On Beckett,’ Ethan Coen’s ‘A Play Is a Poem’ and more," 15 Sep. 2019 Every one — from Texas troubadour Ernest Tubb to soulful Emmylou Harris to recording superstar and showman Garth Brooks — all belong under that same country umbrella. Jeanne Jakle,, "Love and loss at the heart of Ken Burns’ ‘Country Music’," 10 Sep. 2019 The French showman initially had a set and break advantage but eventually came unstuck, hitting 17 double faults and two in the tiebreak in a battle that ended under the roof due to rain on a steamy New York day. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Grigor Dimitrov is enjoying renaissance at the US Open," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of showman

1728, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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