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1. a theatrical or other entertainment
2. a sporting event consisting of contests in which riders perform different exercises to show their skill and their horses' ability and breeding
3. stop the show Informal (of a stage act, etc.) to receive so much applause as to interrupt the performance



(in Russian, obozrenie), a variety or theater presentation that consists of separate scenes and variety, choreographic, instrumental, and vocal numbers. The elements of a show are united by a common theme.

Shows first appeared in the 1830’s in France under the name of revues and had a topical interest, but at the end of the 19th century the revue was transformed into a simple entertainment vehicle. In the Soviet theater and the theater of socialist countries, such as Poland and Rumania, shows are comic and satiric presentations. They are part of the repertoire of variety theaters, music halls, and theaters of miniature genres, such as the Leningrad Theater of Variety and Miniature Genres.

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I suppose it was like us being shown round Buckingham Palace - a completely different world.
He was also an erudite antiquarian, a wonderful companion for, say, visiting old churches: as a student, he himself had been shown round most of the City of london churches by Sir John Betjeman, poet laureate and canonizer of a certain traditional vision of English life, whom he revered.
Mark was shown round town by Chris Marsden, the chairman of Huddersfield Civic Society who, naturally, took him to a micro brewery, so the book wasn't completely wasted.
I had the pleasure of visiting the library and being shown round by someone who had worked on the project.
The youngsters were also shown round the airport fire station and given a display by the officers there of the foam deployment vehicle.
He was also shown round the speaker's chamber, drawing room and the chief minister's chamber.
Kate, who turns 35 in May and has given birth to three kids, was spotted being shown round David Lloyd Fitness Centre in Worthing, West Sussex, on Tuesday.
Kirkley Hall near Ponteland will stage a wedding showcase on Saturday from 9am to 5pm when visitors will be shown round the Grade II-listed building and its grounds.
The new Labour leader, who supports United's arch-rivals Leeds, was shown round the club's Carrington training ground by Sir Alex, a staunch Labour backer.
She was shown round by delighted SARA chairman, Ann Prosser.
The Everton skipper paid a visit to the NSPCC Centre on Great Homer Street earlier this week to promote an anti-bullying campaign and, after being shown round the outstanding facility, he took part in a question and answer session.
We were shown round the dressing rooms and taken on to the pitch, it was great.