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A play or pantomime produced by throwing shadows of puppets on to a wall or screen.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in O Raree Show!. Probably either from Italian galante fine, splendid + show, or from gallant + show, with the form of the first element representing a non-native speaker's pronunciation of English.
galanty show/ɡəˈlantɪ ʃəʊ/
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