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

Definition of striptease

: a burlesque act in which a performer removes clothing piece by piece

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Recent Examples on the Web First, where does Maroon 5′s forgettable striptease land on the list? oregonlive, "25 Super Bowl halftime shows ranked from truly terrible to totally transcendent for 2020," 22 Jan. 2020 The show opened with Shakira and a crew of dancers in red, letting the audience known this would not be a Maroon 5 sleep striptease. oregonlive, "Jennifer Lopez and Shakira at Super Bowl 2020: One of the best halftime shows of all time?," 3 Feb. 2020 Anyone looking to catch a combo of parody and striptease can find literally dozens of troupes putting on productions along the the I-4 corridor several times a year, with at least one show somewhere virtually every week. Trevor Fraser,, "Orlando gives burlesque fans plenty of reasons to cheer," 31 July 2019 There was something almost erotic about it: a lunar striptease. Washington Post, "The most stirring photo from the Apollo mission wasn’t of the moon. It was of the Earth.," 17 July 2019 Some academics criticized the news media for focusing on Chastain’s bra and her rippling physique, of reducing a triumphal athletic achievement to a kind of striptease. Jeré Longman, New York Times, "The Sports Bra Seen Round the World Has New Meaning 20 Years Later," 5 July 2019 But would Lady Gaga have felt compelled to do a four-layer striptease on the red carpet? Judith Newman,, "He's dressed Cher and Carol Burnett. But now Bob Mackie is finally getting his own star turn," 5 June 2019 Harington did a burlesque striptease during the show, so there was truly something for everyone. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kit Harington Had a Mini Game of Thrones Reunion for His SNL Debut," 7 Apr. 2019 Carrie Underwood is doing a striptease — of her famous face. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Carrie Underwood shows off all of her perfect-again face; not a stitch in sight," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of striptease

1931, in the meaning defined above

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21 Feb 2020

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“Striptease.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of striptease

: a performance in which someone removes clothing in a sexually exciting way

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