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
showstoppingplay \ˈshō-ˌstä-piŋ\ adjective
Examples of showstopper in a Sentence
at the modeling agency everyone was a showstopper
Recent Examples of showstopper from the Web
Several scenes are minor-key dramatic showstoppers, not least one at a food bank involving Squires.
White’s DeLorean, which only has 15,000 miles on the odometer, is a showstopper.
If her showstopper of a gown would be dramatic for another actress, Ross recalled her pedigree.
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SHOWSTOPPER Defined for English Language Learners
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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