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Examples of vaudeville in a Sentence
She became a big star in vaudeville.
Recent Examples of vaudeville from the Web
Saults & Pollard, which started out as a general printer for everything from business cards to vaudeville posters, hit a crossroads in the 1970s as photocopiers and new technology threatened their core business.
Esposito acknowledged that the set-up has its roots in vaudeville, but in the modern age of comedy, despite the popularity of the art form at the moment, a married duo is a rarity.
In this number, the influence of vaudeville and Fosse-style moves is easy to see: The roots of Fosse’s signature style were actually in burlesque.
By that time, Hope had been busking, performing in vaudeville, and starring on Broadway for two decades—the son of immigrants from England, determined to succeed.
The saucy blues singer and vaudeville star Sophie Tucker was raised in Hartford.
The 1,750-seat Merriam, which opened in 1918, has a history of use as a vaudeville house, pre-Broadway tryout venue, and concert hall for rhythm and blues, and pop shows.
Seeking to capitalize on the publicity, June’s parents hoped to send the girl on a vaudeville tour to raise $1,500 in reward money for the arrest of the kidnappers.
But Prince is a vaudeville villain and McDaniel is a crackpot retread and, most notably, neither of them is jumping at the chance that Bannon is offering.
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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
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