variety show


: a theatrical entertainment of successive separate performances (as of songs, dances, skits, and acrobatic feats)

Examples of variety show in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Disney’s slate of Korean content continues in 2024 with five dramas and the return of a variety show. Joan MacDonald, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024 The band famously first played CBS’ Sunday night variety show on Feb. 9, 1964. Gary Trust, Billboard, 1 Feb. 2024 Oceanic themed variety show to benefit for Immigrant Justice Idaho. Michelle Jenkins, Idaho Statesman, 25 Jan. 2024 The two found additional fame with the launch of their variety show The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, which ran on CBS between 1967 and 1969. Devan Coggan,, 27 Dec. 2023 When she was given her own variety show ZIWE, Escola joined as a writer. Ct Jones, Rolling Stone, 6 Feb. 2024 Singing theme songs for movies and TV shows pleases the audience of those productions, while participating in music variety shows pleases the audience of those online platforms, but only a complete concept album is what truly pleases the singer herself. Billboard China, Billboard, 17 Jan. 2024 Decades before Arsenio Hall brought Black culture to late night, Wilson created and hosted his own NBC variety show. Bethonie Butler, Washington Post, 27 Dec. 2023 The late lead singer of the Shangri-Las had an incomparable voice, which recently found a new life on TikTok. January 27, 2024, 9 AM ET On April 21, 1965, three members of the Shangri-Las appeared on ABC’s musical variety show Shindig, their silhouettes faintly visible on the dark stage. Paula Mejía, The Atlantic, 27 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of variety show was in 1882

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“Variety show.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

variety show

: entertainment made up of separate performances (as dances and songs) that follow one another

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