showman

noun

show·​man ˈshō-mən How to pronounce showman (audio)
1
: the producer of a play or theatrical show
2
: a notably spectacular, dramatic, or effective performer
showmanship noun

Examples of showman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Minnelli hoped to be a mother The entertainer has had four husbands through the years: Australian showman Peter Allen, director-producer Jack Haley Jr. (the son of Jack Haley, who played the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz), sculptor Mark Gero, and late producer David Gest. Eric Andersson, Peoplemag, 13 June 2024 Playing a parade of townsfolk, employers, lovers, lawmen, showmen, coroners, conductors, and thieves, Cromer’s agile ensemble of eight all lend Dead Outlaw legitimate vocal force and charm, along with a sense of playful pizazz. Sara Holdren, Vulture, 10 Mar. 2024 To all his norm-shattering iterations—flashy businessman, name-brand showman, novice President—Trump has added a new title: felon. Tessa Berenson Rogers, TIME, 30 May 2024 In the film, Klein, ever the showman in a waistcoat and tie, instructs his models’ slithering as a maestro conducts his musicians (there was an actual orchestra present in 1960). Rachel Sherman, New York Times, 24 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for showman 

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Word History

First Known Use

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/showman. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

showman

noun
show·​man ˈshō-mən How to pronounce showman (audio)
1
: the producer of a theatrical show
2
: a person having a special skill for presenting something in a dramatic way
showmanship noun
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