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minstrel show

a once popular type of stage show featuring comic dialogue, song, and dance in highly conventionalized patterns, performed by a troupe of actors traditionally comprising two end men, a chorus in blackface, and an interlocutor. Developed in the U.S. in the 19th century, this entertainment portrayed negative racial stereotypes and declined in popularity in the 20th century.
Origin of minstrel show
1865-70, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • He had joined a minstrel show somewhere and had become an "end-man."

    Twelve Men Theodore Dreiser
  • It was worse than a minstrel show; it was profoundly corrupt.

  • While he was dressing his teeth chattered like castanets in a minstrel show.

    The Lure of the Dim Trails by (AKA B. M. Sinclair) B. M. Bower
  • You have to lie more here in a day than I did all the time I was with a minstrel show.

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field
  • As you will see by this morning's paper, there is to be a minstrel show next Wednesday for benefit of Austin Grays.

    Rolling Stones O. Henry
  • It was not exactly a minstrel show, but it approached the minstrel territory.

    Famous Prima Donnas Lewis Clinton Strang
British Dictionary definitions for minstrel show

minstrel show

a theatrical entertainment consisting of songs, dances, comic turns, etc, performed by a troupe of actors wearing black face make-up
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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