show·​stop·​per | \ ˈshō-ˌstä-pər How to pronounce showstopper (audio) \

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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showstopping \ ˈshō-​ˌstä-​piŋ How to pronounce showstopper (audio) \ adjective

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Examples of showstopper in a Sentence

at the modeling agency everyone was a showstopper
Recent Examples on the Web An ombre look is sure to be a showstopper for one of the events on your social calendar. Essence, 23 June 2022 But sandwiched between those time-and-space-traveling lewks was the real showstopper: a barely-there, rococo-style one-sleeve number paired with some starry pinstripe black trousers. Leah Greenblatt,, 4 Apr. 2022 Fresh seafood is celebrated with an extensive raw bar selection (the shellfish tower is a showstopper), steam kettles (think, New England clam chowder) and more classic cooked fish entrees (like, striped sea bass and wild salmon). Anna Haines, Forbes, 2 June 2022 Princess Leia has been an awesome hero in almost every decade starting with the '70s, but this look, from 1983's Return of the Jedi, will always be a showstopper. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, 11 May 2022 Red carpet co-host Vanessa Hudgens went with a smokey eye and bedazzling earrings, but the real showstopper was her up-do—an intricate bun of Hidden Crown extensions interwoven with shimmering strings. Anna Haines, Forbes, 3 May 2022 In fact, with a touch of embellishment, like the sleeve and belt details on the taupe suit that Sophie, Countess of Wessex for to Prince William and Kate's wedding, an understated color can be a real showstopper. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 19 Mar. 2022 Everything from the gardens to the Alster Tower are elaborate and photo-worthy, but, of course, the island's six-story castle is the real showstopper. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 29 Jan. 2022 Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson turned head with one of her most showstopper looks yet. Katherine Tinsley, Good Housekeeping, 19 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of showstopper

1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Jun 2022

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“Showstopper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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