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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Children’s sailor suits, meanwhile, were adopted by the haute couture, with one particularly chic 1972 example from Yves Saint Laurent in the exhibition. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Les Garçonnes Were Out in Full Force at the Exhibition Opening of Gender Bending Fashion at Boston’s MFA," 19 Mar. 2019 And of course, a portrait of Diane herself is included in the exhibition. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Diane von Furstenberg and Ashley Longshore's New Exhibit Celebrates Legendary Women," 8 Mar. 2019 Up to five artists will be selected for the exhibition. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Ever dreamed of having your art hang in City Hall? Now's your chance," 14 June 2018 For the exhibition, historic Muppets were restored—about two dozen from Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, The Dark Crystal, and Fraggle Rock are on display—and David Bowie’s Goblin King costume from Labyrinth was patched up. Andy Hermann, Los Angeles Magazine, "Historic Muppets and Other Jim Henson Artifacts Move Into the Skirball," 30 May 2018 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

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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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