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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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 The effort to make City College free for San Francisco residents was spearheaded by Supervisor Jane Kim, who has turned it into a showpiece of her mayoral campaign. Dominic Fracassa, San Francisco Chronicle, "CCSF fails to collect $4.1 million — invoicing problems in Free City program," 22 Feb. 2018 The towers are the showpieces, but across these urban centers, which have sprawled into suburbs for years, new housing and office projects also are being built taller than ever before. Scott Wilson, The Seattle Times, "Once flat and wide on the frontier, Western cityscapes are now rising tall and sleek," 4 Feb. 2019 Architectural showpieces—a museum in the form of a giant metallic bean bag, a library resembling a shelf of books, a sports stadium reminiscent of a modern Coliseum—were built as attractions. Dominique Fong, WSJ, "China’s Ghost Towns Haunt Its Economy," 15 June 2018 Luckily, this year, swoon-worthy showpieces abound in the form of small treasures: Gucci’s cultish decorative candles, a limited-edition Alaïa perfume in a supersize bottle, and, oh, so much more. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "11 Hit Beauty Gifts for the Friend Who Has Everything," 28 Nov. 2018 Instead, go for the blue velvet sofa that’s going to be your showpiece. Lauren Sheffield, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch a Design Expert Transform Her Dated Living Room Into a Sophisticated Putting Green," 19 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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