What does the word vaudeville mean?

Usage examples for vaudeville

  1. Joe, what little self- respect he had gone, slunk out of the room and needed several whiskeys in a neighbouring saloon to give him courage to go to the theatre and wait for Hattie, who was playing in vaudeville houses pending the opening of her company. – The Sport of the Gods by Paul Laurence Dunbar
  2. Do you remember the man you and I saw in the vaudeville, who exclaims every now and then, 'Vive mon oncle! – Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  3. The white and crimson sign flapped in the soft breeze companionably responsive to the modest announcement, " Marble Workshop, Reproductions and Antiques, Garden Furniture," which so inadequately invited those whom it might concern to a view of the petrified vaudeville within. – Outside Inn by Ethel M. Kelley