Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal A performance or performer that evokes so much applause from the audience that the show is temporarily interrupted.
  • n. Informal A particularly arresting person or thing, especially one that draws attention away from others or brings a course of action to a halt.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A performance or segment of a theatrical production that induces a positive reaction strong enough to pause the production.
  • n. Any impediment that prevents all further progress; especially a software bug that must be fixed before any further development is possible

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an act so striking or impressive that the show must be delayed until the audience quiets down
  • n. something that is strikingly attractive or has great popular appeal

Etymologies

show +‎ stopper (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But the showstopper is the 1,450-square-foot Robert Louis Stevenson Suite, with its front-to-back picture windows on three sides -- the joint has helicopter views from the bathtub.

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  • Yet the showstopper is the most eccentric look: Mona Bismarck 's aqua green Balenciaga gown with sleeves of blooming pink petals from 1968.

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  • Much like the original, the showstopper is the group zombie dance segment, but I gotta say, damn if a bunch of plastic bricks don’t make for a better actress than Ola Ray, too.

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  • Kevin Rudd is offering premiers an extra $1.2 billion to win support for his health plan but it remains contingent on a potential "showstopper" - handing over 30 per cent of their GST.

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  • In my mind, he's very talented, but Kris is just not a showy "showstopper" - type performer.

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  • In the New Acropolis Museum, the quintet of Greek-owned caryatids and one replica have been reinstalled in their original configuration, but what ought to have been a showstopper is a fiasco.

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  • The showstopper was his bride's Christian Dior gown, which she modeled on the cover of Vogue last February, decorated with 1,500 rhinestones, it weighed 60 pounds.

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  • But the showstopper is the Brazilian artist Thessia Machado's musical installation-turntables assembled from cardboard tubes, plastic rods, and other cast-off materials.

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  • The showstopper is a lively Act II number entitled "Mama Will Provide."

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  • The showstopper is the infinity pool, with its limestone surround and unparalleled

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