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Examples of vaudeville in a Sentence
She became a big star in vaudeville.
Recent Examples of vaudeville from the Web
Some of the top paid performers in vaudeville were drag performers.
The Orpheum first opened in 1912 as a vaudeville and silent-movie theater on the second floor of the Union Building next door, with 250 seats and a slanted floor so patrons could see over those sitting in front of them.
For over a century, the building was a neighborhood cornerstone, first as a church, then as an athletic club, and later as a nickelodeon that drew hundreds of attendees a day to its Yiddish vaudeville performances.
Gypsy is the story of the ultimate stage mom, (based on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee and her years in vaudeville with a domineering stage mother).
Acrobats seen at the vaudeville theaters in New York City and the latest dance crazes became popular subject matter.
Skelton, who died in 1997 at the age of 84, developed his comedic chops in vaudeville and burlesque circuits before gaining national recognition as a radio and television host.
As Aja then recounts, drag performance made its way into American vaudeville performances in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
And tenor Richard Troxell is winning in the role of real-life vaudeville comedian Dan Leno.
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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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