- Theater. a performer or performance that wins enthusiastic or prolonged applause.
- a spectacularly arresting or appealing person or thing: This bright plaid suit is a real show-stopper.
Origin of show-stopper
First recorded in 1945–50
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for show-stopping
Throughout, the contestants must look perfect, arriving at the show with a wardrobe of show-stopping looks.All the Ways Contestants on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Have to Be Crazy Perfect
Kelly Williams Brown
April 29, 2014
But unlike Strauss-Kahn's show-stopping shocker, the case against Lagarde is anything but sudden.Christine Lagarde’s No DSK
August 4, 2011
Natalia Vodianova closed the collection in a show-stopping liquid gold lamé mini-dress.Fashion Week Day 4
The Daily Beast
February 14, 2010