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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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 Lili posted about the BuzzFeed quiz in question on her Instagram Story, screenshotting it next to a story about ridiculous plotlines that featured a pic of her as Betty Cooper on Riverdale, doing the striptease/karaoke in season two. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Lili Reinhart Took a BuzzFeed Quiz to Find Out If She Should Be With Cole or Dylan Sprouse," 11 Dec. 2018 Nudity was celebrated in my art and striptease world. Laren Stover, New York Times, "The Selfie That Dares to Go There," 7 July 2018 And Elle gets wasted at a party and does a striptease on a table. Morgan Baila,, "Is The Kissing Booth The Best Teen Movie Of Our Time?," 22 June 2018 That is, after Betty did a Serpent striptease for Jughead, who worried about protecting her from his new reptilian gang life. Anika Reed, USA TODAY, "The 5 craziest storylines in 'Riverdale' Season 2," 16 May 2018 And then the photo of her striptease ends up blown up as a huge decorative poster at the prom! Morgan Baila,, "Is The Kissing Booth The Best Teen Movie Of Our Time?," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of striptease

1931, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of striptease was in 1931

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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