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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This year, the Venice Biennale exhibition is back, and this year marks the 500th anniversary of the passing of Leonardo di Vinci—making 2019 prime time for art lovers to visit. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 19 Best Places to Travel in 2019," 10 Jan. 2019 In case the news didn't reach you, an exhibition entitled A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will open to the public from October 6, 2018 to January 6, 2019. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Interesting Reason Why Prince Harry's Real Wedding Uniform Won't Go on Display," 30 Aug. 2018 For those of us who remember the era, the exhibition is humbling to see. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "At the ICA, throwing conceptual grenades," 28 June 2018 The exhibition was on display from May 4- 25 and will soon travel to New York, Orlando, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Katie Powers, Chicago Reader, "Film / Arts / Visual Art / Neighborhoods New documentary Public Park illuminates Chicago's role in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria," 7 June 2018 Offering up several surprises, the exhibition includes work by Georgia O’Keeffe, Marsden Hartley, Jacob Lawrence, George Bellows, Florine Stettheimer, and many others. Stephan Salisbury, Philly.com, "What to see in Philadelphia's museums this summer," 6 June 2018 The nationally-touring exhibition will be at OSC through Sept. 3. Dewayne Bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando Science Center: 'Hall of Heroes' sandwiches in education, nostalgia," 1 June 2018 Beginning Sunday, an exhibition of artwork by one of the nine will be on view at the Maryland Historical Society. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "Fifty years later, Catonsville Nine draft protest inspires activists, angers opponents," 9 May 2018 The final exhibition is May 11 vs. Atlanta at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Connecticut Sun Bring Loaded Frontcourt, And High Expecations, Into 2018 Season," 2 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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