vaudeville

[v_ˈɔː_d_ɪ_v_ˌɪ_l], [vˈɔːdɪvˌɪl], [vˈɔːdɪvˌɪl]

Definitions of vaudeville:

  1.   Loosely, and now commonly, variety ( see above), as, to play in vaudeville; a vaudeville actor. – Newage Dictionary DB
  2.   A kind of song of a lively character, frequently embodying a satire on some person or event, sung to a familiar air in couplets with a refrain; a street song; a topical song. – Newage Dictionary DB
  3.   a variety show with songs and comic acts etc. – Wordnet Dictionary DB
  4.   A lively or satirical song: a short dramatic piece interspersed with such. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5.   A miscellaneous theatrical entertainment. – The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6.   In French poetry, a species of light song, generally of a comic or satirical nature; a dramatic piece, whose dialogue is intermingled with light or comic songs. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7.   A theatrical piece, usually a comedy, the dialogue of which is intermingled with light or satirical songs, set to familiar airs. – Newage Dictionary DB
  8.   A kind of lively song, sung in couplets, with a refrain; a theatrical piece intermingled with light or satirical songs. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Quotes for vaudeville:

  1. TV- a clever contraction derived from the words Terrible Vaudeville However, it is our latest medium- we call it a medium because nothing's well done. – Goodman Ace
  2. Nobody seems to know yet how television is going to affect the radio, movies, love, housekeeping or the church, but it has definitely revived vaudeville – Edgar Bergen
  3. So many people are working in vaudeville today that I looked for three weeks to book enough acts for an hour bill and didn't have them until the night before we opened in Buffalo and money was no object! – Edgar Bergen
  4. Dance, vaudeville drama, movies- as a child I loved everything that went on in a theater. – James Broughton
  5. I do not like vaudeville but what can I do? It likes me. – Anna Held
  6. You bet I arrived overnight. Over a few hundred nights in the Catskills, in vaudeville in clubs and on Broadway. – Danny Kaye
  7. I'm not subject to their rise and fall because I'm not accepted by them, so I have my own little curve going on. A lot of it is because of how much I play, I think I connect like when all you had was Vaudeville I think I have an audience by performing a lot! – Leo Kottke
  8. I wasn't straining at the bit to become a movie star any more than I had plotted to get out of vaudeville and into Broadway musicals. – Ethel Merman
  9. The violence or the vaudeville style of comedy is a technique all by itself. You get up there, and you are a comedian, and you're doing one thing. That is, you're going to make the audience laugh. – Leslie Nielsen
  10. My mother was in vaudeville but after she had her children, she quit working. – Dean Stockwell

Usage examples for vaudeville:

  1. Time was when Miss Harris had been content with Sundays in the park, vaudeville first balcony- on Wednesdays, and a moving picture now and then. ” – Laughing Bill Hyde and Other Stories by Rex Beach
  2. The first made was produced at the Vaudeville in 1832, and was based on the story of Colonel Chabert, which under another title, The Compromise, had finished as a serial in the March Artiste of the same year. ” – Balzac by Frederick Lawton
  3. In a flash it came to him: " The green hill far away without a city wall"; the child singing on the vaudeville stage; the hush in the audience. ” – Flamsted quarries by Mary E. Waller
  4. Then let them go to a vaudeville show! ” – The Comedienne by Wladyslaw Reymont
  5. People are very much mistaken, he said, turning to Professor Toussaint, who was sitting beside him and to whom he had been introduced a few minutes before, if they suppose that morality among vaudeville performers is laxer than among any other set of persons. ” – Atlantis by Gerhart Hauptmann
  6. It occurred to neither of them that it was strange to find this chance in the rustling darkness of the big vaudeville house, with several thousand of persons pressing all about them. ” – Sisters by Kathleen Norris
  7. “ I would even be willing to pay for a glimpse of Martian vaudeville – Show Business by William C. Boyd Lyle G. Boyd
  8. He also said he had not yet received any word from the other uncle and aunt of the two vaudeville children. ” – Bunny Brown and his Sister Sue Giving a Show by Laura Lee Hope
  9. “ Olivier Basselin is the parent of the title Vaudevire- which has since been corrupted into Vaudeville – A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume One by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
  10. But as those days of war were the days of men, vaudeville made its appeal to men only. ” – Writing for Vaudeville by Brett Page
  11. This was a vaudeville show by ten men who had been actors in civil life, and who were detailed to amuse the soldiers. ” – A Yankee in the Trenches by R. Derby Holmes
  12. It was only a vaudeville youth, slender as a girl, who lived on the floor above, feeling unsteadily, and a bit the worse for wear, for the lock that must eventually fit his key. ” – The Vertical City by Fannie Hurst
  13. If we had inherited our dispositions from eagles we should have loathed vaudeville – This Simian World by Clarence Day Jr.
  14. Later the pantomime yielded gradually to dialogue, and the vaudeville was tending to farcical opera when Scribe gave it a new direction. ” – Bataille De Dames by Eugène Scribe and Ernest Legouvé
  15. You know how I hate vaudeville – Gargoyles by Ben Hecht
  16. “ I know I went last week to a vaudeville and I just laughed all through. ” – Further Foolishness by Stephen Leacock
  17. I'm Obermuller, of the Vaudeville – In the Bishop's Carriage by Miriam Michelson
  18. Where does the decline of the vaudeville come in? ” – Imaginary Interviews by W. D. Howells
  19. Bless my soul, I don't say that I at once suspected Lupin behind Polonius and Polonius behind the gentleman who came and bored me in the box at the Vaudeville – The Crystal Stopper by Maurice LeBlanc
  20. Once when the " Puritani" quartet was in Paris, Lablache was quartered at the same hotel as General Tom Thumb, who was delighting audiences at a vaudeville – Famous Singers of To-day and Yesterday by Henry C. Lahee

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