show·​case | \ ˈshō-ˌkās How to pronounce showcase (audio) \

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

Apple Today’s Apple iPhone/iPad/MacBook Apple Watch showcase will be livestreamed on Twitter for the first time. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: New iPhones and more: It’s Apple launch day," 12 Sep. 2018 Don't just stick to boho versions; some of the best cold-shoulder blouses cinch the waist, showcase dramatic sleeves, and bring in prints to infuse easy glamour. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Ultimate Honeymoon Packing List," 25 Jan. 2019 As well as the annual, show-stopping red carpet showcase, the actual exhibition itself will feature 175 pieces in the show across both men's and women’s fashion. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Lady Gaga Will Host Next Year's Met Gala With Harry Styles and Serena Williams," 10 Oct. 2018 Like other exhibits and showcases at the fair, the 2018 OC Fair Juried Exhibition is a competition with cash prizes, and blue ribbons abound for Best of Show and top winners in each division and category. Richard Chang,, "Art offers a feast of a different kind for OC Fair visitors," 12 July 2018 But, like the islands themselves, the fare draws from a variety of influences and showcases Hawaii’s diversity. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Disney’s Hawiian resort Aulani offers a melting pot of dining options," 8 June 2018 In the main dining space, refrigerators accessible from both the kitchen and dining room showcase dry-aged steaks as well as plates and other kitchenware, neatly organized with presentation in mind. Kelly Dobkin, Bon Appetit, "The Well-Crafted Kitchen: Inside the New Momofuku Ko Bar," 5 June 2018 At this stop, expect to see a real family home, not a movie set – or a designer showcase, Wood added. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Here’s your chance to see inside the ‘Lady Bird’ house (and gardens, too) | The Sacramento Bee," 4 May 2018 The hoops showcase is the centerpiece of the NCAA’s revenue. Larry Fenn, The Seattle Times, "Money Madness: AP analysis shows growing gap in NCAA payouts," 27 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Palos Park will again host its own version of the legendary street race Motogiro d’Italia to showcase the beauty of automobiles as a kickoff to Love the Park, the third annual fine arts fair May 19 and 20 at the Village Green on 123rd Street. Vickie Snow Jurkowski, Daily Southtown, "Italy-inspired Motogiro d'Palos Park auto parade kicks off annual fine arts fair," 4 May 2018 Aisles upon aisles showcase the fruits of the land processed into uniform shapes and sizes. Mari Uyehara, Bon Appetit, "Why Do Some Eggs Have Double Yolks? An Investigation.," 27 Mar. 2018 In a world where brides are purchasing multiple looks and changing one or more times per event, Wang examines an aesthetic this season where one gown can showcase multiple personalities. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Exclusive: BAZAAR Bride's First Look at Vera Wang Bride Spring 2020," 12 Apr. 2019 Our Planet has been created in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and will showcase the planet’s most precious species and fragile habitats using the latest camera technology. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Princes Charles, William, and Harry Make a Rare Joint Appearance at the Premiere of Our Planet," 4 Apr. 2019 Broadcasting Cable reports the two-hour program will premiere on Sunday, March 17, and will showcase John Wayne Gacy. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Star Donnie Wahlberg Just Signed on to Host Another Show," 9 Mar. 2019 The cameos where Lee gets to speak and showcase his signature, enthusiastic voice are better than the non-speaking ones. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Watch: Every Stan Lee cameo from every single Marvel movie he appeared in," 14 Nov. 2018 Good things happen when one diva celebrates another—take note feuding rap stars—and the dual images showcase the timeless appeal of denim and gold jewelry. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Beyoncé’s First Halloween Costume Pays Tribute to a ’90s R&B Icon," 30 Oct. 2018 Stints at AS Roma, Ajax and Mainz came and went without ever truly impressing, but a new challenge in a new country could help Bojan showcase his talents., "Forgotten Stoke Figure Appears Set to Leave bet365 Stadium With LOSC Lille Reportedly Interested," 7 July 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 How to pronounce showcase (audio) \

Kids Definition of showcase

: a protective glass case in which things are displayed

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