Origin of vaudeville
Examples from the Web for vaudeville
The odd (though beautiful) pair here is Daisy and Violet Hilton, conjoined twins who were a hit on the vaudeville circuit.Fall Broadway Preview: 'This Is Our Youth,' Bradley Cooper as ‘The Elephant Man,' and More|Janice Kaplan|September 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Vaudeville was dead, Houdini was dead—he was off the radar.
His life as the child of a vaudeville couple was one-step above living in the circus—cheap hotels and rooming houses were home.
The genial dialogue between Lovelace and her costar, Harry Reems, is like a vaudeville routine.
They also put on an annual recital and one year even gave a vaudeville show.Frying Pan Farm|Elizabeth Brown Pryor
Disconnected episodes, then, may possibly make a vaudeville sketch or the libretto of a lower order of musical comedy.Dramatic Technique|George Pierce Baker
In her case it was not vaudeville—and it was only lying to herself to call it so.Destiny|Charles Neville Buck
In securing entrance in vaudeville, color is at first an advantage.Half a Man|Mary White Ovington
This was a drawing of "Joseph's Sweetheart," at the Vaudeville, showing great mastery over pen-and-ink.The History of "Punch"|M. H. Spielmann
British Dictionary definitions for vaudeville
Word Origin for vaudeville
Word Origin and History for vaudeville
1739, "light, popular song," especially one sung on the stage, from French vaudeville, alteration (by influence of ville "town") of Middle French vaudevire, said to be from (chanson du) Vau de Vire "(song of the) valley of Vire," in the Calvados region of Normandy, first applied to the popular satirical songs of Olivier Basselin, a 15c. poet who lived in Vire.
The alternative explanation is that vaudevire derives from Middle French dialectal vauder "to go" + virer "to turn." The meaning "theatrical entertainment interspersed with songs" first recorded 1827.
Culture definitions for vaudeville
Light theatrical entertainment, popular in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, consisting of a succession of short acts. A vaudeville show usually included comedians, singers, dancers, jugglers, trained animals, magicians, and the like.