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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Thousands showed up this summer just to watch the sons of Dwyane Wade and LeBron James play exhibitions with the rest of their high school teammates. Washington Post, "Popularity of NBA in China seems to create endless options," 16 Sep. 2019 The Wings' nine-game exhibition slate begins Tuesday. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings want Filip Zadina to score goals. Here's their plan," 15 Sep. 2019 Nineteen Nineteen The Huntington celebrates its centennial with a major exhibition that includes hundreds of books, paintings, posters, photographs, etc. Matt Cooper, Los Angeles Times, "Museums in L.A. this week: ‘Nineteen Nineteen’ at the Huntington and more," 15 Sep. 2019 The Bruins’ exhibition slate, which begins Monday night in Newark, N.J., against the Devils, is a prime chance for a half-dozen or more hopefuls to secure the few open spots on the wings. BostonGlobe.com, "As preseason opener looms, Bruins lineup is an open book - The Boston Globe," 15 Sep. 2019 Art Bridges has a robust regimen of exhibition evaluation. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Art Bridges’ Art Populism," 14 Sep. 2019 The name comes from the 1863 controversial exhibition titled the Salon des Refusés in Paris. Kristen Bateman, Teen Vogue, "Refuse Club Is the Chinese Designer Duo Using Social Media to Make Statements About Censorship and #MeToo," 13 Sep. 2019 However, this will be broken when Nadal and Federer play an exhibition event in Africa in February. SI.com, "Real Madrid Plan to Host Exhibition Match Between Tennis Greats Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer," 12 Sep. 2019 This long-term exhibition opened at Seattle Center in 2012 and displays Dale Chihuly's colorful glass art in eight galleries, the centerpiece Glasshouse and a lush garden. Sarah Sekula, USA TODAY, "From Chihuly glass to the Museum of Ice Cream, you have to see this immersive art to believe it," 12 Sep. 2019

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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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