showstopper

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noun show·stop·per \-ˌstä-pər\

Definition of showstopper

  1. 1 :  an act, song, or performer that wins applause so prolonged as to interrupt a performance

  2. 2 :  something or someone exceptionally arresting or attractive <the gold crown was the showstopper of the exhibition>

  3. 3 :  one that stops or could stop the progress, operation, or functioning of something

showstopping

play \-ˌstä-piŋ\ adjective

Examples of showstopper in a sentence

  1. <at the modeling agency everyone was a showstopper>

1926

First Known Use of showstopper

1926


SHOWSTOPPER Defined for English Language Learners

showstopper

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noun show·stop·per \-ˌstä-pər\

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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