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

He is ranked No. 1 among 2020 tight ends and in Kentucky by, and was part of the showcase with many other elite players from the Class of 2020. James Weber,, "CovCath senior, Notre Dame commit makes big impression at national football combine," 2 July 2019 In 2017, Sounds Australia took full ownership of the showcase. Max Freedman, Billboard, "How Sounds Australia Is Paving Global Paths for Australian Artists," 21 June 2019 There’s a lot of great athletes out there and think it’s ridiculous the cost of travel ball and some of the showcases. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan baseball coach has no apologies for his roster. He shouldn't," 20 June 2019 With Elder Scrolls 6 and Starfield sitting out this year’s E3, Doom Eternal was the unchallenged headliner of Bethesda’s showcase (Wolfenstein: Youngblood had a strong showing as well). Evan Lewis,, "E3 2019 highlights: The 15 best announcements, trailers, and games," 14 June 2019 And that’s just it: Of all the recent dramatic work that could be supported, why does a minor, conventional potboiler merit this singular kind of showcase? Peter Marks, Washington Post, "I’m not rejoicing over a play produced by the Kennedy Center. Here’s why.," 13 June 2019 The Doors of Chicago (The Doors tribute band) 8 p.m. Rocks Off (Rolling Stones tribute band) July 19 5 p.m. School of Rock student showcase6 p.m. Jen Banowetz, Naperville Sun, "Naper Nights lineup celebrates Naperville Heritage Society's 50th anniversary," 5 June 2019 The Electronic Entertainment Expo, more commonly known as E3, is the biggest showcase for video game software, hardware and new game tech innovations. Steve Watts, CBS News, "E3 2019: Video game industry readies for major annual showcase," 11 June 2019 All-Star Game at Shea Stadium in New York is a showcase for the Orioles’ Brooks Robinson. Mike Klingaman,, "The Sun Remembers: This Week in Maryland Sports History for July 1-7," 1 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

It was designed both for recreation and to showcase the mining heritage of Leadville, which was once one of the world’s greatest mining camps. Jeanine Barone, The Know, "Ride your bike on these Colorado railroad routes without fear of being run over by a train," 2 July 2019 Rather players like Amazon and Netflix have opened up more options for a player like us to showcase our content. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "A Mumbai-based startup may soon create India’s answer to The Simpsons," 25 June 2019 Most of the 24 Democratic candidates for president have tried to showcase their support for blue-collar workers and unions, advocating for a $15 federal minimum wage. Cara Korte, CBS News, "Bernie Sanders tells shareholders Walmart pays "starvation wages"," 5 June 2019 Again, what an incredible opportunity for MJ to showcase that a woman wearing a burkini can literally stand alongside a woman wearing a bikini and that’s beautiful. Rebecca Shinners,, "Halima Aden Explains Why Being the First to Wear a Burkini in Sports Illustrated Swim Is so Historic," 5 June 2019 The trailers for the sequel showcase some humor that has Disney mocking its own image with some very detailed parodies of its own property, but is there a story? Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "The Verge fall movie preview, November 2018," 6 Sep. 2018 With Jason Witten and James Hanna going into retirement this offseason, there should be opportunities for Gathers to showcase his skills. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "Cowboys' TE Rico Gathers describes 'agonizing' season a year ago | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 24 May 2018 Lia Haberman, director of social media for, said that previous conferences have provided a chance for Facebook to showcase its cutting-edge technology. NBC News, "Facebook's yearly conference balances scandal and tech with apologies and VR," 3 May 2018 Background: The Kentucky Derby Festival has offered this opportunity for area students to showcase their creative skills since 1977. Elaine Rooker Jack, The Courier-Journal, "PRP sophomore is top local winner in 2018 Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation contest," 20 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'showcase.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of showcase


1803, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1939, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about showcase

Statistics for showcase

Last Updated

9 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for showcase

The first known use of showcase was in 1803

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for showcase



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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on showcase

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with showcase

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for showcase

Spanish Central: Translation of showcase

Nglish: Translation of showcase for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of showcase for Arabic Speakers

Comments on showcase

What made you want to look up showcase? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to form ideas or theories about something

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!