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Examples of vaudeville in a Sentence
She became a big star in vaudeville.
Recent Examples of vaudeville from the Web
To this day, the deep and wide absurdity of this having been the summit of a coach’s towering rage cracks me up, at least in part because what came next was an extended vaudeville that involved the entire National Hockey League.
Bette's embracing every second of Baby Jane's success, even going on The Andy Williams Show to sing a tune inspired by the movie‚but throughout the whole campy vaudeville act, her face is a deadpan mask, and the juxtaposition is glorious.
The nearly 1,400-seat theater in downtown Phoenix started as part of the national Orpheum Circuit chain, which presented vaudeville acts.
Travel back in time with Olde Wrestling and vaudeville duo, Pinch and Squeal.
Sorry, those little white gloves have their root in minstrel shows, intensely racist vaudeville acts whose repercussions are still seen in today’s media.
The show is about comic Bert Williams, one of the giants of America’s vaudeville stage.
Then there’s the vaudeville side of satirical humor.
My character, Clem, has a high gloss of vaudeville, which won’t work unless the whole show is very grounded.
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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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