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.

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With the expansion of I-25, I-70 and C-470 along the Front Range, the chips, cracks and dents my car is acquiring are making for quite an impressive showpiece. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Sullivan has helped Coloradans; Keep your Giellis campaign signs; more responses (6/13/19)," 13 June 2019 What has been evident from this tournament, however, is that there is a talented squad with an exciting attacking force ready to ruffle some feathers in next year's showpiece event., "Portugal 1-0 Netherlands: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Hosts Secure Inaugural Nations League Glory," 9 June 2019 ULTIMATE HEAT RETENTION Love the style of a showpiece mahogany or oak front door? The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "GH Seal Spotlight: Window World Doors Presented by Therma Tru," 5 Apr. 2019 These quartz surfaces are showpieces that wow the eye and stand up to your hardest tasks and messes. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "GH Seal Spotlight: Caesarstone Countertops," 5 Apr. 2019 The sarcophagal fuselage in his window was not, in the end, just an unusually elaborate showpiece. Gideon Lewis-kraus, New York Times, "Selling Airborne Opulence to the Upper Upper Upper Class," 23 Jan. 2018 The main character is Prudence O’Connor, whose parents were employees in the designer’s showpiece mansions. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: The Flavor of the American Century," 15 Feb. 2019 Over the years, owner Paul Harris has restored the old lady extensively, transforming the one-and-a-half acre garden into an indigenous showpiece—like a little slice of Kirstenbosch botanical gardens by the sea. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Hotels in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 But the true showpiece is in the dining room, a wraparound mural by Parisian designer Florence Girette that recalls the great rooms of 17th-century France. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "This Upper East Side Townhouse Is Brimming With Bespoke Furniture and French Antiques," 25 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of showpiece

1823, in the meaning defined above

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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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to take the place or position of

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