show·​case | \ ˈshō-ˌkās \

Definition of showcase

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a glazed case, box, or cabinet for displaying and protecting wares in a store or articles in a museum
2 : a setting, occasion, or medium for exhibiting something or someone especially in an attractive or favorable aspect


showcased; showcasing

Definition of showcase (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to exhibit especially in an attractive or favorable aspect showcase new talent

Examples of showcase in a Sentence


The convention was a showcase of the company's new products.


The program showcases up-and-coming musicians.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Sets of gold bangles are displayed in a showcase of a showroom in Peshawar, Pakistan, in May. Gold prices dropped back through the $1,200-an-ounce mark Friday. Paul Garvey, WSJ, "Copper Surges as Tariff Fears Ebb," 21 Sep. 2018 Haniger was the complete wild card in the trade, a promising young player who had torn up the minors in 2016 but hit just .229 in a 34-game showcase with the Diamondbacks. Larry Stone, The Seattle Times, "Mariners’ 2016 trade for Mitch Haniger, Jean Segura changed course of franchise," 16 July 2018 Truly, Thursday night was a showcase of Rhodes at his best in his home state in front of his people. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville native Ben Rhodes takes NASCAR victory at Kentucky Speedway," 12 July 2018 Cubs infielder Javier Baez and hometown hero Bryce Harper will also be competing in the showcase in Washington D.C. Voting continues through 3 p.m. central time. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Final Vote: With five hours to go, Jesus Aguilar remains in lead for all-star spot," 11 July 2018 Rattler, who last year committed to Oklahoma, was the only Arizona player in the Nike showcase that featured close to 300 of the country's top high school football prospects. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Pinnacle's Spencer Rattler becomes first Arizona QB to win Elite 11 MVP at The Opening," 3 July 2018 Williams, under heat back home for agreeing to perform in a showcase for a nation accused of human rights abuses, perhaps can afford to be impudent. Phil Rosenthal,, "Russia's rout in Fox World Cup opener: 'This is probably exactly what Mr. Putin needed'," 14 June 2018 Junior Alexis Garcia ran a lifetime best 4:19.99 in the 1,600 meters, and senior Spencer Blake placed third in the shotput (53-10½) to lead the Sailors' boys' team to a ninth-place showing in the county showcase. Andrew Turner,, "Felicia Crenshaw and Skyler Magula win track and field titles at Orange County Championships," 15 Apr. 2018 Midnight Friday and Saturday MATCH 3400 Main; Women in Film & Television-Houston Short film showcase presents selected films from chapters around the world. Houston Chronicle, "What movies are showing outside the megaplex?," 21 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This video series has been created to showcase some of the fantastic cars in metro Atlanta and the people who put in the time, sweat and money to keep the tires rolling and the engines humming. Todd C. Duncan, ajc, "Atlanta Classic Cars: 1966 Chevy Chevelle is a blast for South Fulton owner," 3 July 2018 Aside from telling a great story with great characters, the movie also happens to showcase some of the most beautiful vineyards and tasting rooms in Santa Barbara. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 45 Best Travel Films of All Time," 11 May 2018 Created in 2015 to showcase water-efficient residential landscapes, the rotating garden is now taking a turn on the topic of color, said Rachel Young, Descanso's director of horticulture and garden operations. Sara Cardine,, "Descanso shows colorful side of drought tolerance with new Center Circle exhibit," 23 Apr. 2018 The annual event promises to showcase some of the industry's biggest advancements and most promising models. Editors, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court hears gerrymandering case, the New York Auto Show: 5 things to know Wednesday," 28 Mar. 2018 Yesterday, the model stopped by Chrome Hearts in New York City to celebrate Louis Vuitton x Chrome Hearts, a temporary residence from Virgil Abloh to showcase his first Louis Vuitton Men’s collection. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Takes Virgil Abloh’s “Warcore” Vest to the Street," 10 Jan. 2019 Jung Lee feels a bit more like a trendy New York City loft than your average shop—an intentional choice made to showcase items in a more organic way. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Jung Lee's New York Store Is Filled With Unique Home Decor Finds," 1 Jan. 2019 Merchants would schedule regular streams to showcase new products and model them to would-be buyers, or offer special incentives for free items if users shared their live streams onto their news feeds. Natt Garun, The Verge, "Facebook is testing a shopping mode for live-streamers," 6 Dec. 2018 While Meghan has always been envied for her incredible ring game, the royal tour has been an opportunity for the Duchess to showcase some intricate, and surprising, necklaces. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Unique Necklace Is a Symbol of Strength and Integrity," 31 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of showcase


1803, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1939, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of showcase

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a box that has a glass top or sides and that is used for displaying objects in a store, museum, etc.
: an event, occasion, etc., that shows the abilities or good qualities of someone or something in an attractive or favorable way



English Language Learners Definition of showcase (Entry 2 of 2)

: to show (something or someone) in an attractive or favorable way


show·​case | \ ˈshō-ˌkās \

Kids Definition of showcase

: a protective glass case in which things are displayed

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