ex·hi·bi·tion | \ˌek-sə-ˈbi-shən \

Definition of exhibition 

1 : an act or instance of exhibiting

2 British : a grant drawn from the funds of a school or university to help maintain a student

3 : a public showing (as of works of art, objects of manufacture, or athletic skill) a one-man exhibition an exhibition game

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Synonyms for exhibition


demonstration, display, flaunting, show

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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
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Thus the exhibition encompasses genocides from Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, the Holocaust, Iraq, Rwanda, South Sudan and Syria. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Precious possessions: The genocide survivors who kept them tell their stories," 13 July 2018 My first checklist of this exhibition was enormous. Kerry Lengel, azcentral, "How the Phoenix Art Museum acquired Frida Kahlo’s 'Suicide' painting," 13 July 2018 The juried exhibition features top art works picked from thousands of entries across the world. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Daughters of American Revolution keep marching ...community news," 12 July 2018 The exhibition will travel to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich. (Oct. 13, 2018-Jan. CBS News, "This week on "Sunday Morning" (July 15)," 12 July 2018 The exhibition will be on display through Sunday, Oct. 7. Courant Community, "Community News For The Windham Edition," 10 July 2018 Featuring over 80 pieces from Mona’s personal collection of couture fashions, the exhibition includes iconic garments by Cristobal Balenciaga, Madeleine Vionnet, Hubert de Givenchy and fine jewelry by Belperron and Verdura. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "'Must-see' museum exhibit is in Louisville — and it features 'royalty'," 9 July 2018 The exhibition also includes figurative watercolor drawings inspired by Lee’s dreams, feminamorphic tree sculptures in clay, a rifle made of chocolate and an 82-foot long horizontal drawing documenting Lee’s walk along the DMZ. Sharon Mizota, latimes.com, "Review: At the Korean DMZ, reunification through one artist's strange lens," 7 July 2018 The exhibition’s wall text makes an effort to contextualize women and their relative power in the 18th century, but Casanova’s narrative, and the gaze of artists of the day, almost all men, frame the show. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "MFA’s ‘Casanova’ a voluptuous look at a notorious voluptuary," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of exhibition

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of exhibition

: an act of showing some quality or trait

: an event at which objects (such as works of art) are put out in a public space for people to look at : a public show of something

: the act of showing something in public


ex·hi·bi·tion | \ˌek-sə-ˈbi-shən \

Kids Definition of exhibition

1 : the act of showing an exhibition of courage

2 : a public showing (as of athletic skill or works of art)

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