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 The following day the Bears played the Chargers in an exhibition game. Colleen Kane, chicagotribune.com, "Now that Mitch Trubisky has been named the starting QB, what can the Bears learn from the past? Here are 4 lessons from previous competitions — from McMahon-Tomczak-Harbaugh to Matthews-McNown-Miller.," 6 Sep. 2020 As the contest winner, El Paso also will be host to a community celebration, which in the past has included an NHL exhibition game. Randy Johnson, Star Tribune, "East Grand Forks is runner-up to El Paso in Hockeyville USA 2020 contest," 31 Aug. 2020 The third exhibition game customarily is treated like a dress rehearsal for the regular season. Tyler Dragon, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati Bengals make statement at National Underground Railroad Freedom Center," 29 Aug. 2020 In 1961, Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell led a boycott of an exhibition game in Louisville, Kentucky, after he had been refused service at a restaurant the day before. Ken Makin, The Christian Science Monitor, "Commentary: The day the sports world’s bubbles burst," 28 Aug. 2020 As for Schmaltz, who has yet to appear in a game this postseason after getting injured in an exhibition game in July, his status is also up in the air. Richard Morin, The Arizona Republic, "Win or lose, Arizona Coyotes have message to send in critical Game 5 vs. Colorado Avalanche," 19 Aug. 2020 Two days later, the Orioles hosted the Philadelphia Phillies in an exhibition game. Mike Klingaman, baltimoresun.com, "Retro Baltimore: Joe Hauser, a minor-league Orioles slugger, was a big league talent," 19 Aug. 2020 Seguin did not play in the exhibition game against Nashville but played in both round-robin games against Vegas and Colorado. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Tyler Seguin and Ben Bishop were ‘unfit to play’ vs. Blues. What’s their status for Stars’ Game 1 vs. Calgary?," 10 Aug. 2020 His 2018-19 season was a wash, wiped out after suffering a knee injury during an exhibition game that required reconstructive surgery. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "The Detroit Red Wings signed Evgeny Svechnikov for one year. Here's why," 9 Aug. 2020

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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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10 Sep 2020

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“Exhibition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exhibition. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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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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