strip·​tease | \ ˈstrip-ˌtēz How to pronounce striptease (audio) \
plural stripteases

Definition of striptease

: 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 When Leigh is apprehended and searched, the comedy of her half-striptease shows Sternberg’s legendary interest in sensuality as a key to human spiritual communication. Armond White, National Review, 8 June 2022 Returning songwriters Tom Mizer and Curtis Moore were tasked with creating a pastiche of sounds, including calypso, period-appropriate pop, a Broadway tune and several striptease numbers. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 23 May 2022 The man who saw me attempt a striptease while wearing a turtleneck at karaoke. Jason Adam Katzenstein, The New Yorker, 18 May 2022 ChiChi Buxom, a striptease performer, says it’s empowering to get up on stage. Michelle Pemberton, The Indianapolis Star, 21 Apr. 2022 The performance was punctuated by faux karate chops (Elvis had a black belt) and a partial striptease. Mike Klingaman,, 3 Mar. 2022 Socialite Patty Hearst performed a striptease, and the show ended with confetti and a performance by soul singer James Brown. Washington Post, 25 Jan. 2022 The series will detail the darkly comedic and crime-ridden story behind the male striptease revue. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Jan. 2022 Montero fit right in with the expectant audience, repeatedly soliciting their agreement, performing a mini striptease, presenting Yai with a bouquet of roses and clashing with Ashley. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, 17 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of striptease

1931, in the meaning defined above

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15 Jun 2022

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“Striptease.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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