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 The woman, 38-year-old Annabel Battistella, was a plumage-shaking striptease dancer with the stage name Fanne Foxe. Washington Post, "Fanne Foxe, ‘Argentine Firecracker’ at center of D.C. sex scandal, dies at 84," 24 Feb. 2021 The storytellers pace this series like a striptease. Eve Gerber, The Atlantic, "The Undoing Treats Domestic Violence Like a Striptease," 2 Dec. 2020 That night, Randall learns his accidental striptease has gone viral. Amanda Ostuni,, "This Is Us Recap: The Pearsons face hard truths and tough love," 18 Nov. 2020 But Rye’s older brother, Gig, has his eye set on Ursula the Great, a striptease artist who sings in a cage with a ravenous cougar. Ron Charles, Washington Post, "‘The Cold Millions,’ Jess Walter’s celebration of forgotten heroes, is one of the most captivating novels of the year," 29 Oct. 2020 Dressed in a filmy gown slit up the sides, Yee performed her dance to live music, in a style that could be described as just short of a striptease. Taylor Kate Brown,, "Bay Briefing: ‘The most overused word in 2020’," 26 Aug. 2020 Manganiello's upcoming movies still required him to pull off some majors moves, but nothing as suggestive as his Magic Mike hip thrusting and striptease. Dana Rose Falcone,, "Joe Manganiello Says ‘I’m Retired’ When It Comes to the Possibility of Another Magic Mike," 20 Aug. 2020 From striptease acts to musical residencies to variety shows, entertainment in the city has gone dark. Tara John, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Friday, August 14," 14 Aug. 2020 Online activists reveal the ruthless actions of corporations and individuals in a depressing Internet striptease, outer shells obliterated rather than titillating removed. Raven Smith, Vogue, "Kanye for President? The Real Danger of a Distracting Campaign," 9 July 2020

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First Known Use of striptease

1931, in the meaning defined above

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27 Feb 2021

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“Striptease.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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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