show·​piece | \ ˈshō-ˌpēs How to pronounce showpiece (audio) \

Definition of showpiece

: a prime or outstanding example used for exhibition

Examples of showpiece in a Sentence

The museum's showpiece is a painting by Picasso. The house is an architectural showpiece.
Recent Examples on the Web The florists are experts at interpreting ideas into showpieces. Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, "ICYMI: Have yourself a Katy little Christmas: a guide to Katy gift giving," 27 Nov. 2019 The opulent cinema house, which boasts 600 leather seats and marble bathrooms, is a showpiece of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman‘s drive to reinvent and reform the ultra-conservative Muslim country. Time, "Black Panther Will Be the First Film Shown in Saudi Arabian Cinemas in 35 Years," 6 Apr. 2018 The sport's showpiece event will take place in cities across England with 16 men's, eight women's and eight wheelchair teams taking part. Henry Austin, NBC News, "Prince Harry makes first official appearance since royal crisis talks," 16 Jan. 2020 In modern times, these annual speeches to both chambers of Congress have become hollow showpieces. Andrew Malcolm, San Francisco Chronicle, "Make State of the Union speeches more useful," 8 Feb. 2018 Modern Athens was re-designed in the 19th century as a showpiece of the classical era, to the point where awkward vestiges of other civilisations, including Christian churches, were destroyed. The Economist, "The discovery of an ancient complex in Thessaloniki ignites old debates," 10 Dec. 2019 The climax to the 14-race showpiece is Saturday's $6 million Longines Breeders' Cup Classic, a one-and-a-quarter-mile dirt dash which often decides the best of a generation. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "Breeders' Cup set for $30 million Santa Anita showdown," 1 Nov. 2019 The Allianz Arena will also host another final, one decade after the Champions League's showpiece was last in Bavaria in 2012., "UEFA Confirm Wembley Stadium Will Host the Champions League Final in 2023," 24 Sep. 2019 The most private rooms, which were deemed least important during that era, would hold the oldest furnishings, while the main living space — the home’s showpiece — would be the most modern. Marni Elyse Katz,, "A young designer transforms her three-bedroom East Boston fixer-upper," 5 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of showpiece

1823, in the meaning defined above

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“Showpiece.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of showpiece

: something that is the best or most attractive thing being shown
: something that is seen as an excellent or outstanding example of something

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