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[pley-bil] /ˈpleɪˌbɪl/
a program or announcement of a play.
Origin of playbill
First recorded in 1665-75; play + bill1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He must remember to ask Gidney for a copy of the play-bill to hang up in his flat!

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
  • I thought, my cheeks burning, my eyes fastened upon the play-bill.

    The First Violin Jessie Fothergill
  • But she passed him over the play-bill, and lifted the glasses to show him where they were.

    Love and Lucy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • I began to wonder what on earth I should do, when I caught sight of the play-bill.

  • She and Dodo then had a talk to arrange what Dodo called the "play-bill."

    Dodo, Volumes 1 and 2 Edward Frederic Benson
  • It is easier to read the Klner Zeitung than the play-bill of Vauxhall.

  • The play-bill suggested the sort of training they received there.

    The Children of the Poor Jacob A. Riis
  • Let them come in as they do at the play, when you have no play-bill.

    How To Do It Edward Everett Hale
  • The play-bill happened to be on the table when they entered, and it caught the eye of both George and Mr. Brunton at once.

    Life in London Edwin Hodder
  • Irene whispered back to me with a faint movement of the play-bill toward the beautiful stranger.

British Dictionary definitions for play-bill


a poster or bill advertising a play
the programme of a play
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for play-bill

also playbill, 1670s, from play (n.) + bill (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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