show·​stop·​per | \ ˈshō-ˌstä-pər \

Definition of showstopper

1 : an act, song, or performer that wins applause so prolonged as to interrupt a performance
2 : something or someone exceptionally arresting or attractive the gold crown was the showstopper of the exhibition
3 : one that stops or could stop the progress, operation, or functioning of something

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Other Words from showstopper

showstopping \ ˈshō-​ˌstä-​piŋ \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for showstopper


babe [slang], cutie (or cutey), dish, doll, dreamboat [slang], fox, glamour-puss, hottie, knockout, looker, ten



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Examples of showstopper in a Sentence

at the modeling agency everyone was a showstopper

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But the showstopper is the 1881, a haunting, complex wine with an incredible silky texture and a lingering kiss of fruit. Jay Mcinerney, Town & Country, "A New Era Begins at Château Lafite as Baron de Rothschild Hands Leadership Over to His Daughter," 13 Aug. 2018 This was Siriano's dream Hawaii vacation, in everything from elegant tropical prints in dresses and flared trousers with matching chunky heels to animal prints to a showstopper of an organza evening gown in chartreuse. Leanne Italie, Fox News, "Christian Siriano puts some politics on his Hawaii runway," 10 Sep. 2018 From the pasta necklace made for Meghan by a fan, to the spiral Tattoo Pendant that represents New Zealand, Meghan's tour jewelry has been a continual showstopper. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Unique Necklace Is a Symbol of Strength and Integrity," 31 Oct. 2018 But the houses are the real showstoppers at Essex Glen, where every feature, from the floors to the cabinetry, is bright and new. Mary Murphy,, "Property of the Week: Essex Glen," 6 June 2018 Yet in his triple-A debut season, Meneses is having nothing short of a showstopper campaign for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Ben Pope,, "Phillies prospect Joey Meneses looks MLB-ready, whether here or elsewhere," 9 July 2018 The event was filled with a flock of high-profile celebrities, including showgoer and showstopper, Rihanna. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The 12 Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Rihanna Hops on the Clear Bag Trend, Lil Miquela Wears a Suit, and More," 23 June 2018 Sheela, now 68 and living in Switzerland, is the showstopper of the documentary and seems to have no regrets about her actions at Rajneeshpuram. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "The Wild Wild Country Team Knows They Left Out Part of the Story. But They Did it on Purpose," 13 Apr. 2018 Also in my desk drawer are Christian Louboutin metallic wedges, which are my showstopper shoes, plus Halogen gladiator sandals — my summer staple. Diana Tsui, The Cut, "The Design Director Launching Brands for Sizes 14 and Up," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of showstopper

1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of showstopper

: an act, song, or performer that receives so much applause that the performance is interrupted

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