sideshow

[ sahyd-shoh ]
/ ˈsaɪdˌʃoʊ /

noun

a minor show or exhibition in connection with a principal one, as at a circus.
any subordinate event or matter.

Nearby words

  1. siderostat,
  2. siderotic,
  3. siderotic nodules,
  4. sidesaddle,
  5. sidesaddle flower,
  6. sideslip,
  7. sidesman,
  8. sidespin,
  9. sidesplitter,
  10. sidesplitting

Origin of sideshow

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50

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British Dictionary definitions for sideshow

sideshow

/ (ˈsaɪdˌʃəʊ) /

noun

a small show or entertainment offered in conjunction with a larger attraction, as at a circus or fair
a subordinate event or incident
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Word Origin and History for sideshow

sideshow

n.

also side-show, 1855, "minor exhibition alongside or near a principal one," apparently a coinage of P.T. Barnum's, from side (adj.) + show (n.). Hence, any diversion or distracting event.

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