Definition of Sideshow

1. Noun. A subordinate incident of little importance relative to the main event. "Instruction is not an educational sideshow"

Generic synonyms: Incident



2. Noun. A minor show that is part of a larger one (as at the circus).
Generic synonyms: Show

Definition of Sideshow

1. Noun. A minor attraction at a circus or fair. ¹

2. Noun. An incidental spectacle that diverts attention from a larger concern. ¹

3. Noun. An event where a large group of people display automotive stunts. ¹

4. Noun. (music Australia) An additional concert not part of the programme of a major music festival. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Sideshow

1. a small show offered in addition to a main attraction [n -S]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Sideshow

siderotil
siderotils
sideroxylon
sideroxylons
siders
siderurgy
sides
sides reversed is
sidesaddle
sidesaddles
sidescroller
sidescrollers
sidescrolling
sideshow (current term)
sideshows
sideslip
sideslipped
sideslipping
sideslips
sidesman
sidesmen
sidespin
sidespins
sidesplitter
sidesplitting
sidesplittingly
sidestep
sidestepped

Literary usage of Sideshow

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Claudine the Circus Woman by Timothy J. Quinlan (2000)
"The sideshow also had a snake handler and a magician, "Pea- Head the ... We walked quickly through the sideshow tent and took our seats in the main arena. ..."

2. The Best Plays by Burns Mantle, Louis Kronenberger (1899)
"After two performances "American sideshow" was closed by Actors' Equity, since Mr. Freeman had grossly violated union rules in engaging his cast. ..."

3. St. Nicholas by Mary Mapes Dodge (1906)
"He has been enjoying himself turning a hand-organ in a sideshow and missed his dinner. He 's pretty hungry, but he will have to charge that up to experience ..."

4. American State Trials: A Collection of the Important and Interesting by John Davison Lawson, Robert Lorenzo Howard (1915)
"Was at circus on 2nd November; me and John Kelly and his wife went together; his wife and myself stopped outside; Charles had walked in the sideshow and ..."

5. The Anthology of Another Town by Edgar Watson Howe (1920)
"There was a sideshow, and the barker was busy while the main tent was being ... I wanted to see the sideshow, but had no money, and finally thought of a ..."

6. The Spell of Scotland by Keith Clark (1916)
"And, of course, there is the Highland gathering in September, which has become too much like the sideshow, too much a show, to attract the groundlings, ..."

7. Adventure Guide to the Chesapeake Bay by Barbara Radcliffe Rogers, Stillman Rogers (2000)
"Downstairs exhibits illustrate the traveling sideshow form these collections later took. Hours are Wednesday through Friday, noon-3; weekends, 11-4; ..."

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