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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Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, about 10 minutes from the city center, was the venue for last year’s blockbuster exhibition on Mackintosh. Glasgow, USA TODAY, "Meet the Glasgow architect who inspired sci-fi films and American celebrities," 27 Aug. 2019 Oregon State kicked off its women’s exhibition tour of Italy with a 103-43 win over Lazio Select in a game play Saturday night in Rome. oregonlive.com, "Oregon State women’s basketball wins its opening game on Italian tour, routs Lazio Select 103-43: Photos," 24 Aug. 2019 Yares has curated major exhibitions for artists such as Arman, Milton Avery, Hane Hoffman, Yves Klein, Morris Louis, Roberto Matta, Jules Olitski and Jesus Soto. Catherine Reagor, azcentral, "Downtown Scottsdale home with art gallery for sale: $5.99M," 24 Aug. 2019 The Museum of the Dog has a good exhibition schedule in the next year, with shows on Hollywood dogs, presidential dogs, dogs in wartime, and dogs and Arctic exploration. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Dog Days of Summer? Visit the New Museum of the Dog," 24 Aug. 2019 In last week’s exhibition match against the UAA Alumni, McGlathery had a match-high two solo blocks to go with five kills and a .455 attack percentage. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "UAA volleyball team swings into action with 4 matches in 3 days," 5 Sep. 2019 New England’s top pick tweaked his hamstring during a joint practice in Detroit, then suffered the ankle injury in the exhibition opener against the Lions Aug. 8. Jim Mcbride, BostonGlobe.com, "Patriots place N’Keal Harry on IR, re-sign Demaryius Thomas," 2 Sep. 2019 Mixon concluded his third preseason with a grand total of three snaps, all of which came in the team’s second exhibition tilt versus Washington. Tyler Dragon, Cincinnati.com, "Bengals RB Joe Mixon is ready to roll after 'quarterback treatment' in preseason," 2 Sep. 2019 The most exciting exhibitions this fall look nothing like the big blockbusters of the past — no monographical shows on the usual suspects, no nationalistic ideas masquerading as art movements, no heartless promotional extravaganzas. Lori Waxman, chicagotribune.com, "Fall preview: Ten shows in galleries and museums to look forward to," 30 Aug. 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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