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

  • n. A television show in which contestants compete for prizes by playing games of knowledge or chance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A radio or television programme or an episode of the programme that involves members of the public or celebrities, whether as individuals or as part of a team, playing a game, especially involving the answering of quiz questions, for cash or prizes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a television program in which contestants compete for awards. The contestants are members of the public selected to participate on the show, and not employed by the producer of the show.

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

  • n. a television or radio program in which contestants compete for awards


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  • This evening’s panelists were the series regulars: actor and radio humorist Henry Morgan; the first Jewish Miss America and future public servant and philanthropist Bess Myerson; popular game show host Bill Cullen; and the actress Betsy Palmer.

    First Man

  • I was the chalk-it-up scorekeeper of a local game show at WLB-TV, kind of the Vanna White of my day.

    It Ain’t All About the Cookin’

  • There was a person you interviewed in an episode of First Person—Rick Rosner9—whose personal story was that he purposely repeated his senior year in high school several times and then lost on the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

    Chuck Klosterman on Media and Culture


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  • Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
    Date: 1958
    : a television program on which contestants compete for prizes in a game (as a quiz)

    February 6, 2008