show·​time | \ ˈshō-ˌtīm How to pronounce showtime (audio) \

Definition of showtime

: 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 Admire the gold Egyptian busts and dramatic red curtains that unveil the screen at showtime; then, settle down for an immersive experience with excellent picture and sound. Dakota Kim, Sunset Magazine, "A Guide to Going Out for Introverts," 23 Jan. 2020 To reserve tickets, call the Capitol Theater Box Office at 860-465-5636 or visit the Box Office one hour prior to showtime for walk-up ticket sales, cash or check only., "Community News For The Windham Edition," 27 Nov. 2019 As if on cue, Armitage points out that there’s still one finishing touch before showtime. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "The Original “Punk Ballerina” Karole Armitage Teams up with Hairstylist Danilo on a New Dance Work," 25 Oct. 2019 The American Red Cross will be putting on a fire safety puppet show with two showtimes at the Children’s Play Area (in front of JCPenney) at the Boynton Beach Mall. Jennifer Boehm,, "8 things to do with the kids this weekend: Peter Pan Pirate Party, Backyard Bash & more," 9 Oct. 2019 Ticket prices start at $14 and showtimes vary; 55 N. Victoria St., St. Paul; 651-225-9265 x 21 or Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "Holiday Arts Guide 2019: Family fun and festivities ready for some dazzling moments," 23 Nov. 2019 A half-hour before showtime, patrons can decorate a musical instrument in the lobby, then use it to join in the music-making with the performers. Washington Post, "18 things to do in the D.C. area this week," 16 Dec. 2019 Generally, showtimes are 1 p.m. Dec. 8 and 7 p.m. Dec. 11, but some theaters might follow a different schedule. Matthew J. Palm,, "Sold-out ‘Les Miserables’ London concert comes to U.S. movie theaters," 5 Dec. 2019 While Friday nights and weekends may be prime times for viewing films, perhaps a better option to avoid higher traffic times would be to pick showtimes during the weekday after work. Alexia Fernandez,, "How to See Frozen 2 as an Adult Without Any Kids: Where to Go and When!," 19 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of showtime

1893, in the meaning defined above

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6 Feb 2020

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“Showtime.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of showtime

: the time when a play, movie, etc., begins

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