show·piece | \ˈshō-ˌpēs \

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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This time around, though, World Cup allegiance has been made simpler here by the United States team’s absence from the quadrennial soccer showpiece. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, "In border town, World Cup watchers balance team pride, anxiety about US," 29 June 2018 At Ojai, members of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra offered a selection of Luciano Berio’s Sequenzas—fourteen showpieces for solo performers. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "The Sonic Fury of the Ojai Music Festival," 24 June 2018 Installed in 1957, the city showpiece was dubbed the Centennial Fountain to celebrate the Orlando’s 100th birthday. Ryan Gillespie,, "Brighter lights coming to Lake Eola fountain in time for Fourth of July," 17 May 2018 The lunch menu was also a showpiece in diplomacy, including a range of options to satisfy Western, Southeast Asian, or Korean palates. Eli Meixler, Time, "Octopus and Ice Cream: What President Trump and Kim Jong Un Ate at Their First Lunch," 12 June 2018 Of Meridian’s 21 parks, Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park is a showpiece and one of the most popular parks in the Treasure Valley. Dana Oland, idahostatesman, "Boise parks guide: What's new, what's coming, where to picnic | Idaho Statesman," 21 May 2018 The eyes of the world may be on a Royal wedding at Windsor, but 18 miles to the east English football's own showpiece event sees Chelsea and Manchester United face off in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday. Kieran Canning,, "Chelsea, Manchester United battle to become English soccer royalty," 19 May 2018 Enoteca Nostrana's wine cellar is a showpiece in and of itself. Michael Russell,, "Nostrana chef Cathy Whims is opening a Euro-style wine bar, and it's gorgeous," 5 Apr. 2018 Didier Deschamps' team are firm favourites to win Sunday's showpiece in Moscow and become world champions for the second time -- 20 years after their first triumph in 1998. John Weaver,, "France seek World Cup glory inspired by Euro 2016 heartbrake," 13 July 2018

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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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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