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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One, especially a performer, who works in vaudeville.

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  • n. a person who performs in vaudeville

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  • n. a performer who works in vaudeville

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Examples

  • If I use the phrase vaudevillian for Bill Clinton, by contrast you think that President Bush has a front row seat to watch rather than to perform.

    CNN Transcript Aug 4, 2001

  • In his more relaxed moments, Bernard's speech fell into a kind of vaudevillian patois.

    'The Great Oom'

  • Rebecca Mead, writing in the New Yorker, dubbed him "the Marx Brother" and described his approach thus: "His favoured form of argument is paradox, and his favoured mode of delivery is a kind of vaudevillian overstatement, buttressed by the appearance of utter conviction."

    Slavoj Žižek: interview

  • And Jody Rosen argues that Borat is a throwback to the crudest kind of vaudevillian ethnic burlesque, the stuff that we thought was smoothed out of pop culture long ago.

    GreenCine Daily: Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.

  • With this "vaudevillian" song the band wanted to assert that "this wouldn't be a paint-by-numbers Hold Steady record," says Mr. Kubler.

    Holding On

  • Yorker, dubbed him "the Marx Brother" and described his approach thus: "His favoured form of argument is paradox, and his favoured mode of delivery is a kind of vaudevillian overstatement, buttressed by the appearance of utter conviction."

    The Guardian World News

  • Jody Rosen argues that "Borat is a throwback to the crudest kind of vaudevillian ethnic burlesque, the stuff that we thought was smoothed out of pop culture long ago.

    GreenCine Daily

  • Theatre Alley, tucked inside the Financial District, still bears a vaudevillian wall painting from "Billy Bathgate," which filmed there in 1991.

    Our Typecast Metropolis

  • Miss Hope Springs, a 6ft 2in "ex-Las Vegas showgirl", is the retro-glam, vaudevillian alter ego created by the pianist Ty Jeffries in order to sing his own compositions in theatres and clubs around the country.

    'Dad was too much to compete with'

  • Interview magazine says “these vaudevillian vamps are putting the show back in showmanship.”

    THE DITTY BOPS « in other words [a portland feminist and queer bookstore and blog]

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