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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Virtually tour the exhibition hall for an inside look at the lavish lifestyles of Silla royalty. Melissa Findley, National Geographic, "Destinations on the rise for 2021," 20 Nov. 2020 Here’s a roundup of places to gawk at holiday lights and some other visuals that might jingle your bells. Interact with photoworthy moments of holiday cheer during the Joule Hotel’s site-specific exhibition. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, "The top places to see Christmas lights and other holiday displays in Dallas-Fort Worth," 19 Nov. 2020 Theater Company started drive-in performances, and some exhibition spaces such as the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, are still offering appointment-only viewings. Christina Schoellkopf, Los Angeles Times, "Has the pandemic changed how you enjoy arts? We want to hear from you," 19 Nov. 2020 The exhibition spans works created over the past 10 years. Alicia Eler, Star Tribune, "German artist makes painting weird again in solo debut at the Walker," 18 Nov. 2020 The communal spirit of Alexander McQueen is on display as Burton gives a tour through the store’s Roses exhibition. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Sarah Burton Discusses the History and Future of Alexander McQueen at Forces of Fashion," 16 Nov. 2020 Nicholas Gioacchini and Sebastian Soto each scored his first two international goals in the United States’ 6-2 exhibition rout of Panama at Wiener Neustadt, Austria. Chronicle News Services, SFChronicle.com, "No. 12 Miami has three games rescheduled because of coronavirus," 16 Nov. 2020 These shows, filled with mock robberies and gunfights, also included demonstrations by famed exhibition shooters like Annie Oakley. Matthew Moss, Popular Mechanics, "How the Colt Single Action Army Revolver Won the West," 16 Nov. 2020 But the museum’s next seven-week exhibition, the work of 56 artists who teach at colleges and universities across the county, is scheduled to start in January and could be canceled if the higher level of restrictions continues. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Report says 36,000 jobs lost to COVID-19 along North County corridor," 15 Nov. 2020

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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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22 Nov 2020

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“Exhibition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exhibition. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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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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