show·​piece ˈshō-ˌpēs How to pronounce showpiece (audio)
: 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 A Day in the Life of Fashion Designer Daniel Roseberry The other stunning showpiece at the bar is the collection of glassware, which Alesch and Standefer spent years researching while stocking their store. Devorah Lev-Tov, Vogue, 20 Nov. 2023 Russia releases four Ukrainian children after mediation by Qatar Putin’s major diplomatic showpieces this year, including a visit by Xi in March and a Russia-Africa summit in July, were both on Russian soil. Robyn Dixon, Washington Post, 16 Oct. 2023 Weekend visitors paying $600 a night before the cleaning fee want a modernist showpiece with pale-wood interiors, not a suburban-style ranch near the highway. Curbed, 30 Oct. 2023 Leona’s real showpiece is the beach club, though (pictured top). Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 18 Aug. 2023 The real showpiece was her long Max Mara Raspoli camel coat. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 12 Aug. 2023 The movement itself, on full display, is the showpiece of the high-tech clock. Cait Bazemore, Robb Report, 20 July 2023 The 13,000-square-foot showpiece — which is being sold furnished — is also listed by Branden and Rayni Williams through their brokerage The Beverly Hills Estates, with all the attention to detail fans of the duo have come to expect. Hadley Meares, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Oct. 2023 When the fashion designer Lisa Perry put her penthouse at 1 Sutton Place on the market in 2020, the modernist showpiece received fawning write-ups in the design press. Curbed, 13 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1823, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of showpiece was in 1823

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“Showpiece.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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show·​piece ˈshō-ˌpēs How to pronounce showpiece (audio)
: a very fine example used for exhibition

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