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Examples of vaudeville in a Sentence
She became a big star in vaudeville.
Recent Examples of vaudeville from the Web
Chicago deliberately transforms the art of vaudeville into a metaphor for riotous 1920s Chicago.
Archeophone does small pressings that target music geeks, scholars and lovers of vaudeville.
Especially the tile-domed Balboa Theatre, a 1,500-seat vaudeville and movie palace built in 1924 at Fourth Avenue and E Street downtown.
Edmonson was a square peg even then, with an inimitable warble that would’ve been a natural fit in the days of vaudeville.
A century ago, as the West Rock Theater, the venue offered silent movies and vaudeville acts.
But here — thanks to the vaudeville deftness of Robert Dorfman’s Stephano and Andrew Weems’ Trinculo, both having a field day with Manoel Felciano’s preeningly lecherous Caliban — the comedy is reborn.
In addition to the entertainment on screen, Friedfeld added that there would be novelty acts and vaudeville performances as well.
Crucial, since the book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart is one of Broadway’s funniest, with as much vaudeville and 1940s shtick as Roman farce.
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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
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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