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 University of Louisville’s board of trustees approved plans for a Southeast Corridor Housing Project residence hall Wednesday that will serve as a recruiting showpiece for Cardinals men’s and women’s basketball and women’s lacrosse. Shannon Russell, The Courier-Journal, "New residence hall to be recruiting showpiece for Louisville basketball, women's lacrosse," 28 Oct. 2020 Atlanta is home to four historically Black colleges, was the birthplace of civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr., and contains within its limits the historic Cascade Heights neighborhood—a showpiece of African American upward mobility. Tayari Jones, Glamour, "A Mayor Named Keisha," 13 Oct. 2020 The concerto is a real showpiece for harp, with snappy interplays with the orchestra and strummings alternately bold and dreamy, even drummings on the body of the instrument. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "A most enjoyable Dallas Symphony concert," 25 Sep. 2020 Although the vintage Salt Lake City trolley car is the showpiece of Ruth’s Diner, the patio is the heartbeat of the Emigration Canyon restaurant, offering the best seats. Larrisa Beth Turner, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Here are 7 of the top Salt Lake City restaurant patios for social distancing," 5 Aug. 2020 In 1960, at what was then a nearly 4,000-acre Upperville, Va., estate called Rokeby Farms, the heiress to the Listerine fortune created a showpiece of a potting hut. Kathryn O’shea-evans, WSJ, "Love Plants? This Is Your Ultimate Dream Room," 18 June 2020 But now, with a lot of help from the neighborhood and the city, and a new attitude toward city parks, Holly Park is a showpiece. Carl Nolte,, "San Francisco’s Holly Park, a marvelous cure for cabin fever," 23 May 2020 My next stop, the 15,000-acre Chalk Draw Ranch, is a showpiece for the advantages of thinking big. Christopher Bagley, Condé Nast Traveler, "West Texas Is More Than Just Marfa," 18 May 2020 Unlike the spring games themselves, which are used more as a recruiting showpiece, spring drills play a vital role in installing schemes, implementing new playbooks, identifying new starters and evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of a roster. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "What we know about college football today as coronavirus creates uncertainty," 19 Mar. 2020

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1823, in the meaning defined above

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“Showpiece.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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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