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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Other Words from showman

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

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But behind the showman’s bravado is a connoisseur of design’s leading lights. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Alan Faena Built the Ultimate Shopping Bazaar for Design Snobs," 26 Mar. 2019 In the middle of it all, the consummate showman, who in his 20s worked as a singer on cruise ships, pledged free pets for poor seniors with biweekly veterinary care and pet food included. Eric Sylvers, WSJ, "Italy’s Berlusconi Is Back for One More Try," 17 Jan. 2019 But his showman’s approach to the Oscars, and specifically to the host-free musical opening number, made the 1989 ceremony infamous for all the wrong reasons. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why the 2019 Oscars Don't Have a Host—And the Disaster That Ensued Last Time It Happened," 24 Feb. 2019 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

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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 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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