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Examples of vaudeville in a Sentence
She became a big star in vaudeville.
Recent Examples of vaudeville from the Web
The shop was opened in 1947 by founder Bert Easley, a former vaudeville magician whose name was long associated with the store.
The songs here are creatively accomplished, but that craftsmanship is in the service of bringing to musical life a book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbert whose spirit essentially goes back to vaudeville-evocative gags.
As Judy got older, her mother brought her to vaudeville clubs and the Chicago World’s Fair.
Endeavor is a holding company that is the latest iteration of the William Morris Agency, founded in 1898 to represent vaudeville talent.
Out on the slacklines, however, the rollicking vaudeville slows down, if only for short, placid pauses.
Such flexibility, standard in vaudeville and theater, became, in the concert hall, a vacuum to be filled.
Born Ruby Bernadette Nanette Fabares on Oct. 27, 1920, in San Diego, Fabray began performing from the age of four, appearing in vaudeville and touring with comedy troupes.
Some of the top paid performers in vaudeville were drag performers.
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Did You Know?
In the 15th century, several amusing songs became popular across France. These songs were said to have been written by a man named Olivier Basselin who lived in the valley of the river Vire in northwest France. The songs eventually became known as chansons de vau-de-Vire, meaning "songs of the valley of Vire." Other people began writing and performing similar songs, and as this form of entertainment became more widespread, the link to vau-de-Vire was forgotten. The nickname was shortened to one word, vaudevire. As the phenomenon spread beyond France, further changes in pronunciation and spelling shifted vaudevire into vaudeville. The meaning also broadened to include humorous performances and variety shows.
Origin and Etymology of vaudeville
First Known Use: 1827See Words from the same year
VAUDEVILLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of vaudeville for English Language Learners
: a type of entertainment that was popular in the U.S. in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and that had many different performers doing songs, dances, and comic acts
VAUDEVILLE Defined for Kids
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