- a form of theatrical entertainment in which recent events, popular fads, etc., are parodied.
- any entertainment featuring skits, dances, and songs.
- a form of light entertainment consisting of a series of topical sketches, songs, dancing, comic turns, etc
1872, “show presenting a review of current events,” from French revue, from Middle French, literally “survey,” noun use of fem. past participle of revoir “to see again” (see review (n.)). Later extended to shows consisting of a series of unrelated scenes.