showtime

noun

show·​time ˈshō-ˌtīm How to pronounce showtime (audio)
: the scheduled or actual time at which a show or something likened to a show begins

Examples of showtime in a Sentence

We have five minutes until showtime. Showtime is in five minutes.
Recent Examples on the Web Before finding themselves into the thick of showtime, Abergel told PEOPLE that the vibes of the getting-ready process in Handler's hotel room were upbeat and included Bob Marley tunes. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 15 Jan. 2024 Those who purchased seats through Ticketmaster weren’t alerted via the promoter’s app, though the new date for those who booked through the system had already appeared at showtime. Ishani Desai, Sacramento Bee, 26 Jan. 2024 Older patrons can take advantage of rush tickets, with unsold tickets going for $35 at the box office two hours before showtime. Sophia Solano, Washington Post, 18 Jan. 2024 One of my favorite activities before showtime was to visit Sephora with my friends. Shelby Wax, Allure, 17 Jan. 2024 Approximately 15 minutes before showtime, Anthony Anderson’s mother Doris Bowman, aka Mama Doris, reminded everyone of the housekeeping rules. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 16 Jan. 2024 Stylist Warren Alfie Baker gets Gladden’s Paul Smith ensemble ready for showtime. Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times, 15 Jan. 2024 Jo Koy Is Ready for His Hosting Duties 17 hr 47 min ago Comedian Jo Koy will be taking on hosting duties this evening, and teased his headlining gig in an Instagram video posted a few hours before showtime. Lindsay Kimble, Peoplemag, 8 Jan. 2024 Five or 10 minutes before showtime, manager Jeffrey Azoff pulled him aside. Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, 20 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of showtime was in 1893

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“Showtime.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/showtime. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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showtime

noun
show·​time ˈshō-ˌtīm How to pronounce showtime (audio)
: the scheduled or actual time at which a show or something likened to a show begins
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