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

Another stunning shot showcases Meghan taking a bouquet from one of her bridal party and receiving some last minute checks to the veil over her Givenchy dress. Stephanie Petit,, "See the Wedding Photo Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Chose for Their Anniversary Thank-You Notes," 11 Sep. 2019 In basketball, the World Cup is secondary to the Olympics (the Olympic soccer tournament, by comparison, is essentially just an under-23 showcase). Sean Gregory, Time, "Team USA Basketball Lost to France — Yes, France. But it's Not Time to Panic Yet," 11 Sep. 2019 The first official week of NFL action came to an end on Monday night with not one but two primetime showcases. Alaa Abdeldaiem,, "Saints Top Texans on Last-Second Field Goal, Raiders Impress in Win Over Broncos," 10 Sep. 2019 Some showcase Jackson looking as adorable as ever in suspenders, while others are more intimate shots of the happy-as-can-be newlyweds. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'LPBW' Star Amy Roloff Just Shared the Sweetest Photo From Jacob and Isabel's Wedding," 9 Sep. 2019 The brews come from the showcase keg room (formerly Locale’s wine cellar) and focus on notable San Diego breweries. San Diego Union-Tribune, "What’s new at San Diego casinos: restaurants, beer, mobile apps and menu changes," 8 Sep. 2019 Now, as a tribute to the actress, who died last week after a years-long battle with cancer, MeTV is providing viewers with a special Harper showcase. Ew Staff,, "What to Watch this weekend: Logan Roy meets his match on Succession," 6 Sep. 2019 Girls soccer continues at 7 p.m. Friday when St. Paul’s and Dulaney kick off the two-day IAAM Challenge, a showcase with the top IAAM schools going against some of the area’s top public schools. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "Mercy to introduce new field with girls soccer showcase," 4 Sep. 2019 The ninth tournament was a showcase affair, and there is no winner in those events. Mike Nortrup,, "Rec Sports Spotlight: Manchester Blue Sox thrive as a ‘winning club’," 31 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The question going forward is how often will Felix get to showcase those skills. oregonlive, "Darrian Felix off to career-best start to season in crowded Oregon Ducks backfield," 11 Sep. 2019 And if the starters don’t play in the preseason at all because joint practices take the place of games, those backups would receive ample opportunity to showcase their skills. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: As coaches choose safety over game reps, it's time for NFL to cut preseason slate," 22 Aug. 2019 He has been buried on the depth chart, with Jalyn Holmes and Hercules Mata’afa taking most of the backup reps, and hasn’t had much of a chance to showcase his skills. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, "For kicker and punter, Vikings focus on getting it right, not now," 21 Aug. 2019 Redshirt-freshman Bryan Addison, who is behind Juwan Johnson at the split end or X receiver position, is continuing to showcase the skills that had Mario Cristobal raving during bowl practice., "Oregon wide receiver ‘board can shuffle a lot’ before season starts," 9 Aug. 2019 These steps will bring the youth into the mainstream and give them innumerable opportunities to showcase their skills and talents. Washington Post, "Kashmir’s new status could bring demographic change, drawing comparisons to the West Bank," 8 Aug. 2019 All of this seems to suggest that the push for transgender rights by the government was never about empowering the 440,000 transgender Indians, but a publicity stunt to showcase inclusive nationalism to the world at large. Anish Gawande, Quartz India, "Transgender citizens: The other “integral part of India” that may have been shortchanged by its parliament," 6 Aug. 2019 With talk of Wilfried Zaha potentially joining the Serie A giants, those already at the club will be wanting to showcase their skills and solidify a spot in the starting lineup; with both sides in prolific goal-scoring form., "Marseille vs Napoli Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 1 Aug. 2019 Today, the fair allows participants in the 4-H and FFA programs to showcase their skills and projects and go on to state events. Bob Blubaugh,, "Country singer Riley Green headlines concert, back by popular demand at Carroll County 4-H & FFA Fair," 22 July 2019

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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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