ex·​hi·​bi·​tion ˌek-sə-ˈbi-shən How to pronounce exhibition (audio)
: an act or instance of exhibiting
British : a grant drawn from the funds of a school or university to help maintain a student
: a public showing (as of works of art, objects of manufacture, or athletic skill)
a one-man exhibition
an exhibition game

Example Sentences

There were several famous paintings at the exhibition. an exhibition of early American crafts helping to promote artists by exhibition of their paintings
Recent Examples on the Web The exhibition—insightfully curated by the Princeton art historian Chika Okeke-Agulu and his students at the university art museum’s interim space Art on Hulfish—is an overdue introduction to one of photography’s most versatile performers. Julian Lucas, The New Yorker, 21 Jan. 2023 There are other imaginative touches throughout the exhibition, such as the presence of illustrative vintage photographs and the use of a a single person’s life as a kind of connective thread within the show. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, 19 Jan. 2023 The exhibition, which will be on view to Wednesday, March 8, showcases the talent and skills learned with work created over the past two years. cleveland, 15 Jan. 2023 The exhibition, which is typically held biennially, was originally slated for 2021, but the pandemic forced Patek to take a raincheck. Victoria Gomelsky, Robb Report, 9 Jan. 2023 Willy Chirino is celebrating his 50-year music career with a series of tributes, activities and releases — including a mural in Miami’s Calle Ocho, a street with his name in New Jersey, a museum exhibition, a concert and a new album. Sigal Ratner-arias, Billboard, 3 Jan. 2023 Norman Rockwell’s Spirit of the Holidays is the charming, festive exhibition on view. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 24 Dec. 2022 After breaking her foot during the first event of UCLA’s season opener last year, Frazier led off Thursday’s exhibition on vault, followed by Lee. Staff Writer Follow, Los Angeles Times, 16 Dec. 2022 Each room in the exhibition, which includes some 75 paintings and drawings, contains something magnificent — and that’s not a bad average. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, 9 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of exhibition was in the 14th century

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“Exhibition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exhibition. Accessed 26 Jan. 2023.

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ex·​hi·​bi·​tion ˌek-sə-ˈbish-ən How to pronounce exhibition (audio)
: an act or instance of exhibiting
: a public showing (as of works of art, manufactured goods, or athletic skill)

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