ex·​hi·​bi·​tion | \ ˌek-sə-ˈbi-shən How to pronounce exhibition (audio) \

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


display, exhibit, expo, exposition, fair, 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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Among the highs were a Chloé exhibition, a performance by Camélia Jordana, and a Chloé club party complete with neon lights and dance music. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Inside the Festival d’Hyères With Chloé’s Natacha Ramsay-Levi," 1 May 2019 During another match at the exhibition, OpenAI changed up the sides, allowing two teams, each made up of two humans and three AI, to battle. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "An AI Beat the Top Humans at a Modern Video Game Thanks to the Power of Teamwork," 16 Apr. 2019 This was just an exhibition sandwiched between their season-opening series in Tokyo last week and their home opener against the reigning World Series champs Thursday when the Red Sox come to town. Tj Cotterill, The Seattle Times, "Mariners can’t escape Padres’ bats as Mike Leake gets hammered 8-0 in exhibition game," 25 Mar. 2019 The Voice is one of the few papers left in New York City that has consistently covered local repertory cinema, art exhibitions, music, and more with wit, craft, and consistently high-quality writing. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The Village Voice has been shut down," 31 Aug. 2018 In a special exhibition, curated by the Royal Collection Trust, visitors will be able see the wedding outfits worn by The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at their wedding, which took place on 19 May 2018. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Interesting Reason Why Prince Harry's Real Wedding Uniform Won't Go on Display," 30 Aug. 2018 This is an exhibition, for the fans, in a sport forever grasping for ways to market its best and most popular players. Bill Shaikin, latimes.com, "Kenley Jansen has been an effective All-Star campaign manager," 7 July 2018 On view from now through October 8, this is one exhibition that shoe lovers don't want to miss. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Stuart Weitzman Is Sharing His Private Shoe Collection—and It's Unreal," 31 May 2018 Perhaps the odds increase slightly given that the next race is the exhibition All-Star Race – although, Elliott isn’t (yet) qualified. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Why Chase Elliott, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. hit each other's cars after NASCAR race ended," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of exhibition

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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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 How to pronounce exhibition (audio) \

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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