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 Mostert made his exhibition debut in the preseason finale Aug. 29, and his first handoff from Lance was a zone read in which the Raiders’ left defensive end crashed down, expecting Lance to keep the ball. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Sep. 2021 While Saar has previously used painting in her mixed media collages, this is her first exhibition focusing on watercolor works on paper. Chadd Scott, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 In the two years before his death on September 3, 2019, famed photographer Peter Lindbergh self-curated his first exhibition, pulling more than 140 photographs from his extensive archive, dating from the early 1980s to the 2010s. Jamie Spence, Vogue, 3 Sep. 2021 In the case of the Cardinals and the Saints, the preseason was cut to just two games when their exhibition finale Saturday in New Orleans was cancelled due to Hurricane Ida. Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, 2 Sep. 2021 And that, Fausel said, is what the Museum of the Dog hopes to capture in its new exhibition. Sarah Bahr, New York Times, 30 Aug. 2021 Color works, his first solo show in New York, and his first major museum exhibition, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, soon followed. Brian P. Kelly, WSJ, 20 Aug. 2021 His first exhibition featured a series of black-and-white paintings based on photographic portraits, a practice that would come to define his later career. CNN, 20 Aug. 2021 In 1970, Close had his first New York solo exhibition, at Bykert Gallery. BostonGlobe.com, 19 Aug. 2021

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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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“Exhibition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exhibition. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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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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