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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Both Harry and Meghan have recorded audio commentary for a new exhibition which has just opened up at Windsor Castle, which looks back at their wedding day and features both Meghan’s dress and her tiara on public display. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry Revealed How He Helped Meghan Markle to Choose Her Wedding Day Tiara," 26 Oct. 2018 Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are sharing intimate details about their wedding planning process in a new exhibition at Windsor Castle that celebrates the royal milestone. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Just Revealed How She Chose Her Royal Wedding Tiara," 26 Oct. 2018 Before its restoration, The Night Watch will be part of a major exhibition of all the Rembrandt works owned by the museum — 22 paintings, 60 drawings and 300 of his 1,300 prints. Mike Corder, The Seattle Times, "Rembrandt’s Night Watch to get restoration in Amsterdam," 16 Oct. 2018 Above these galleries, but still underground, is an atrium, with an adjoining cafe and a theater named for Oprah Winfrey, who is also the subject of a new exhibition at the museum. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "The national African-American museum still stirs the soul — and drops hints of what to expect at the Obama Presidential Center," 11 July 2018 The two approaches can be combined, with a group exhibition of gallery standbys leavened with the work of a new artist or two. Charles Desmarais, SFChronicle.com, "Summer exhibition at Hosfelt Gallery a monstrous affair," 6 July 2018 Art Reception & Exhibit See the new exhibition and attend opening reception, 6 p.m. Coral Springs Museum of Art, 2855A Coral Springs Drive. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Coral Springs and Coconut Creek area events, June 13-23," 12 June 2018 The attic serves as a modern space housing a permanent exhibition consisting of architecture models, multi media contents and the project’s original blueprints singed by Gaudi. Houston Chronicle, "City pool opens for summer; extensive renovations complete," 26 May 2018 In 1964, Sonia Delaunay became the first living female artist to have a retrospective exhibition at the Louvre in Paris. National Geographic, "Beyond Picasso: 6 Female Artists Who Turned Modern Art On Its Head," 19 Apr. 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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