strip·​tease ˈstrip-ˌtēz How to pronounce striptease (audio)
plural stripteases
: an act or dance in which a person gradually removes their clothing piece by piece in a seductive or provocative manner especially to the accompaniment of music

Examples of striptease in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Beaven remembers Lee disappeared and slipped the cassette into the club sound system, before inviting over several dancers to give the most surreal striptease of their lives. Adam Steiner, SPIN, 8 Mar. 2024 Intermittently, elastic-limbed burlesque artists enter to striptease, dance and execute feats of dazzling flexibility. Rebecca Milzoff, Billboard, 29 Feb. 2024 The first striptease is a visual mess with a seemingly tidy explanation, while the second looks orderly, but is much messier to consider. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 5 Feb. 2024 And try to stay awake for the striptease scene at the end. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, 4 Dec. 2023 Their melding of dance, circus, striptease, contemporary art, fashion, drag, burlesque struck him as a formula that would work in Las Vegas. Melinda Sheckells, Variety, 3 Nov. 2023 In July 1991, Scot — who had just taken the mic at an all-male striptease dance production on a London stage — was stopped mid-sentence by his business partner, who frantically pulled him offstage. Skyler Caruso, Peoplemag, 22 Nov. 2022 Fortunately, the new eight-episode sequel does not revolve around another striptease for money by unemployed steelworkers. Matthew Gilbert,, 14 June 2023 She's introduced via a sultry striptease routine, one that has costars George Clooney, Harvey Keitel and Juliette Lewis looking on from the audience and a moment with Hayek Pinault's foot literally in Tarantino's mouth at one point. Benjamin Vanhoose, Peoplemag, 8 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1931, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of striptease was in 1931

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“Striptease.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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