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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Hosted every two years, the exhibition is open to all artists age 18 and over who are currently living and working in the South. Shauna Stuart | Sstuart@al.com, al, 9 Jan. 2022 The exhibition is free with museum admission, which is always free for residents of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties. Duante Beddingfield, Detroit Free Press, 7 Jan. 2022 The inaugural special exhibition will be a resurrection of the museum’s California Biennial, which began in 1984. Deborah Vankin Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 5 Jan. 2022 The San Diego exhibition is López’s first major show with a museum. NBC News, 29 Dec. 2021 The exhibition is on display at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass., until May 22, 2022. Anthony Demarco, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 This exhibition was also a positive sign that the Barnes Foundation has figured out how to use its midsize space in a way that complements and enhances its permanent collection. Washington Post, 9 Dec. 2021 This exhibition is free and open to the public during regular business hours, performances, and classes just outside the Senney Theater in the main building, and Daniels Lounge in the main building on the campus at 17801 Detroit Ave. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, 3 Dec. 2021 This exhibition is an annual art show that rotates between different media, with this year’s media being craft, photography, video and digital art. The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of exhibition

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Exhibition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exhibition. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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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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