showtime

noun
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.

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All showtimes are 3 to 5 p.m. Glass, alcohol, smoking and dogs are prohibited. San Diego Union-Tribune, "DAR members march in parade," 6 July 2019 Such is the order of today — making alterations on the show’s looks — 34 in all, which will be reduced to 30 by showtime. New York Times, "Daniel Roseberry’s Schiaparelli Debut," 1 July 2019 Good luck finding a reservation at the few local restaurants immediately before showtime and within walking distance of the theater; a spot check revealed that many are booked up through the musical’s four-week run. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Here comes 'Hamilton': What you need know about the musical coming to Baltimore that took over the world," 21 June 2019 Thirty minutes before showtime, fans cracked beers in a massive line for field seating that snaked around the concourse, bonding over the annoyance. Dylan Owens, The Know, "Review: Denver gives Garth Brooks the “greatest night of (his) career”," 9 June 2019 Thirty minutes before showtime, people begin pouring into the grandstands. Christopher Maag, Popular Mechanics, "Kaboom! Behind the Scenes at the World's Greatest Fireworks Competition," 1 July 2011 Here is a rundown of the films playing at this year's 70 mm Film Festival, showtimes, and ticketing information. Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, "The complete lineup for Chicago's Music Box Theatre's 70 mm Film Festival," 19 July 2017 Follow These Tips: Use the app to check wait times, park hours, parade showtimes, restaurant availability, and figure out how to get from one ride to the next. Schedule time to go resort hopping. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Why Spending Christmas Day at Disney World Is Truly as Magical as It Sounds," 20 Dec. 2018 Carson Daly Has a Pre-Show Ritual A few minutes before showtime, host Carson Daly makes his way to the stage. Alisa Wolfson, Country Living, "'The Voice' Behind-the-Scenes Secrets That No One Ever Knew," 15 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of showtime

1893, in the meaning defined above

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showtime

noun

English Language Learners Definition of showtime

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

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