Definition of show business in US English:

show business


  • The theater, movies, television, and pop music as a profession or industry.

    • ‘Living in Los Angeles with two parents in show business, I knew what being gay meant from an early age.’
    • ‘A week went by and I began to wonder if anything at all would come out of my attempt at getting into show business.’
    • ‘As a member of the Bee Gees, Maurice Gibb had been one of the best-known faces in show business for the last four decades.’
    • ‘My mother was my dance teacher and my father was in show business.’
    • ‘His brothers, Christopher and Michael, are also in show business.’
    • ‘Few actors can match him for sheer volume of film roles spanning over five decades of show business.’
    • ‘Pat Morita got into show business as a comedian, frequently using his ethnicity as a source of humor.’
    • ‘Both were in show business, Robin Day in television, Alec Guinness in theatre, movies and television.’
    • ‘Breaking into show business was hard, but getting and keeping good grades was my real challenge!’
    • ‘The money you made in show business doesn't equal the money you've made as a businessman, right?’
    • ‘The business side of Wilson's career all by itself provides a short course in the dark side of show business.’
    • ‘Jews were eventually banned from the professions, show business, teaching, the civil service and journalism.’
    • ‘The character that I admire most in show business to this day is Noel Coward.’
    • ‘Mainstream pundits and journalists are creatures of show business more than anything else.’
    • ‘What follows is very predictable for anyone who has ever seen a film about show business.’
    • ‘Now, in show business, you don't have to be just good, you've got to be different.’
    • ‘I'd tried hard to break into show business with a record pantomime act in junior high school.’
    • ‘Johnny is one of the most highly regarded entertainers in the country, and one of the best known faces in Irish show business.’
    • ‘Disputes between writers and directors are not uncommon in the film industry and show business all over the world.’
    • ‘Diana's frequent liaisons with the world of show business made her different.’
    drama, the theatre, the stage, the performing arts, dramatic art, dramatics, dramaturgy, stagecraft, theatricals, theatrics, the thespian art
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show business

/ˈSHō ˌbiznis/