Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
Historical a show given by entertainers who traveled from town to town, in order to sell cure-alls and nostrums
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nounThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
A traveling show, popular especially in the 19th century, that offered varied entertainment, between the acts of which medicines were peddled.