showstopper

noun show·stop·per \ ˈshō-ˌstä-pər \
Updated on: 14 May 2018

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

showstopping

play \ˈshō-ˌstä-piŋ\ adjective

Examples of showstopper in a Sentence

  1. at the modeling agency everyone was a showstopper

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First Known Use of showstopper

1916

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Definition of showstopper for English Language Learners

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


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