a person who makes a reservation and neither uses nor cancels it.
a person who purchases an admission ticket and doesn't use it.
any absentee.


not appearing as scheduled or expected.

Origin of no-show

An Americanism dating back to 1940–45; no2 + show Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a person who fails to take up a reserved seat, place, etc, without having cancelled it
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Word Origin and History for no-show

also no show, "someone who fails to keep an appointment," 1941, from no + show (v.), in the "show up, appear" sense. Originally airline jargon.

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