[ noh-shoh ]
/ ˈnoʊˌʃoʊ /


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.


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Origin of no-show

An Americanism dating back to 1940–45; no2 + show Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for no-show



a person who fails to take up a reserved seat, place, etc, without having cancelled it
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