ex·​hi·​bi·​tion ˌek-sə-ˈbi-shən How to pronounce exhibition (audio)
: an act or instance of exhibiting
British : a grant drawn from the funds of a school or university to help maintain a student
: a public showing (as of works of art, objects of manufacture, or athletic skill)
a one-man exhibition
an exhibition game

Examples of exhibition in a Sentence

There were several famous paintings at the exhibition. an exhibition of early American crafts helping to promote artists by exhibition of their paintings
Recent Examples on the Web Its education role parallels that of the Academy Museum, which is now planning to take its exhibitions on world tours, engaging with cultural centers abroad. Will Tizard, Variety, 20 Nov. 2023 Documenta: The German contemporary art exhibition fell into crisis when the entire team responsible for finding its next artistic director resigned after disputes with administrators related to the war. Roger Cohen, New York Times, 20 Nov. 2023 Sotheby’s will also host a free public exhibition of the shirts at its New York location from the bidding start date to December 14. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 20 Nov. 2023 And this was just the beginning of the robust and buzzy exhibition. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 18 Nov. 2023 Such was the case when Omega chose to take up residence at The Chelsea Factory in Manhattan, where not one, not two, not three, but a whopping four nights of festivities celebrated the opening of Planet Omega, a week-long exhibition showcasing timepieces that rarely see the light of day. Zachary Weiss, Vogue, 17 Nov. 2023 Meloni plans to open a Lord of the Rings exhibition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of author J.R.R Tolkein’s death, La Repubblica reported. Ryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 17 Nov. 2023 The compact, welcoming museum focuses on Turkish contemporary art, with photography being a standout: a current exhibition includes 22 oversize photos from filmmaker Nuri Tan Bilge. Jacqui Gifford, Travel + Leisure, 16 Nov. 2023 Ancient mythologies, sacred and profane, run throughout Pfeiffer’s exhibition, organized by MOCA chief curator Clara Kim and assistant Paula Kroll. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of exhibition was in the 14th century

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“Exhibition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exhibition. Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

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ex·​hi·​bi·​tion ˌek-sə-ˈbish-ən How to pronounce exhibition (audio)
: an act or instance of exhibiting
: a public showing (as of works of art, manufactured goods, or athletic skill)

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