show·​stop·​per ˈshō-ˌstä-pər How to pronounce showstopper (audio)
: an act, song, or performer that wins applause so prolonged as to interrupt a performance
: something or someone exceptionally arresting or attractive
the gold crown was the showstopper of the exhibition
: one that stops or could stop the progress, operation, or functioning of something
showstopping adjective

Examples of showstopper in a Sentence

at the modeling agency everyone was a showstopper
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Word History

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of showstopper was in 1916

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“Showstopper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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