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minstrel show

noun
  1. 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.
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Origin of minstrel show

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70
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Historical Examples

  • Then there are stories of recent times in which the Negro is used purely for comic effect, a sort of minstrel-show character.

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British Dictionary definitions for minstrel show

minstrel show

noun
  1. a theatrical entertainment consisting of songs, dances, comic turns, etc, performed by a troupe of actors wearing black face make-up
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