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vaudevillian

[vawd-vil-yuh n, vohd-, vaw-duh-] /vɔdˈvɪl yən, voʊd-, ˌvɔ də-/
noun
1.
Also, vaudevillist. a person who writes for or performs in vaudeville.
adjective
2.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of vaudeville.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; vaudeville + -ian
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Examples from the web for vaudevillian
  • His voice had the crooning humor of a highbrow vaudevillian.
  • From first-run movies and short reels to vaudevillian skits and local amateur acts, the theater was a popular place in town.
  • He is full of wit and humor, by turns almost vaudevillian and master of the deadpan joke.
  • His own music resembles nothing except itself, though its vitality recreates an authentic vaudevillian spirit.
  • His closeups of urban detritus-fraying posters, discarded furniture-couldn't contrast more sharply with his vaudevillian persona.
  • No, some other appellation is required, something with a more vaudevillian punch.
British Dictionary definitions for vaudevillian

vaudevillian

/ˌvəʊdəˈvɪlɪən; ˌvɔː-/
noun
1.
a person who writes for or performs in vaudeville
adjective
2.
of, characteristic of, or relating to vaudeville
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Word Origin and History for vaudevillian
n.

1913, from vaudeville + -ian.

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