sideshow

noun side·show \ ˈsīd-ˌshō \
|Updated on: 5 Jun 2018

Definition of sideshow

1 : a minor show offered in addition to a main exhibition (as of a circus)
2 : an incidental diversion or spectacle

Examples of sideshow in a Sentence

  1. Their disagreement is just a political sideshow when compared to the real issues at hand.

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First Known Use of sideshow

1846

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SIDESHOW Defined for English Language Learners

sideshow

Definition of sideshow for English Language Learners

  • : a smaller show that is performed in addition to a main show

  • : an activity or event that is less important than the main activity or event


SIDESHOW Defined for Kids

sideshow

noun side·show \ ˈsīd-ˌshō \

Definition of sideshow for Students

: a small show off to the side of a main show or exhibition (as of a circus)


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