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

The showcase is the public’s chance to fill a venue and cheer as the bands formed at camp perform an original song composed and learned just days before. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Local music picks for Phoenix: Flotsam and Jetsam, Wade Cota, Joey DeFrancesco, DaDadoh," 5 June 2019 Monday’s software showcase is an annual rite that Apple holds for thousands of programmers at the end of spring. Michael Liedtke, Anchorage Daily News, "Say hello to ‘dark mode’ on iPhones and goodbye to iTunes," 4 June 2019 But inside, the showcase is more like a cabinet of curiosities—and a riot of different designers’ visions, all mixing together. Madeleine Luckel, Vogue, "What’s Next in Interior Design? Just Look to This New Decorator Show House," 25 Oct. 2018 The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, the West Coast's premiere showcase for bike builders, collectors and enthusiasts, is marking its 10th anniversary by expanding. Charles Fleming,, "Quail Motorcycle Gathering, the 'Pebble Beach of motorcycles,' turns 10," 3 May 2018 The largest experimental showcase in town is the Accidental Music Festival Marathon, taking place May 12 at the SoDo Shopping Center (80 W. Grant St., Suite 11, Orlando; 1-10 p.m.; free; Trevor Fraser,, "Unheard: Journey into Central Florida's experimental music scene," 27 Apr. 2018 Henson’s commanding performance brings nuance to a character who would otherwise seem one-note; the movie is a better showcase for her talent than the rote action flick Proud Mary, which came out earlier this year. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "Film Tyler Perry's Acrimony is my new guilty pleasure," 4 Apr. 2018 This family-friendly, annual dance showcase is open to the public. Courant Community, "Community News For The Windham Edition," 3 Apr. 2018 Next season’s showcase will now be Tuesday, Nov. 6 after originally being scheduled for Nov. 13. Jesse Newell, kansascity, "KU hoops will face a fellow blue blood to start 2018-19 season," 17 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Maelyn Jarmon, Andrew Sevener, Gyth Rigdon, and Dexter Roberts—were all given three opportunities to showcase their talent during Monday's episode. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Why ‘The Voice’ Fans Think Maelyn Jarmon Got an ‘Unfair’ Advantage in the Finale," 21 May 2019 Feel free to mix and match with the shapes and glassware, finding the best vessel to showcase your florals and cubes. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Leslie Kirchhoff, Ice Cube Artist, Shares 3 Spring Cocktail Recipes," 14 May 2019 Prince William took a backseat to his wife, who looked excited to showcase her gardening work with the queen. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Queen and Kate Middleton Bonded at the Chelsea Flower Show," 21 May 2019 Meat companies are using the deli counter to showcase new and higher-priced products, as customers eschew prepackaged cold cuts in favor of healthier and more natural foods. Micah Maidenberg, WSJ, "Fresh Deli Cuts Muscle Out Packaged Meats," 31 Mar. 2019 Beyond ad opportunities, original content from Netflix, Amazon and Hulu provide more opportunities to more accurately showcase Latino experience – including through music. Jessica Lipsky, Billboard, "LAMC: Brands, Film & TV Increasingly Looking Beyond Mainstream Latin Artists," 13 July 2018 The messaging around the Go reinforces Microsoft’s overall push to showcase Surface devices as ones that go from work to play and back again — to act as laptop, sketchbook and textbook reader in one. Hayley Tsukayama,, "Microsoft Shrinks The Surface To A Purse-Friendly Size," 11 July 2018 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

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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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