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 Yet there is still a feeling of incredulity in local rugby circles that the showpiece of their sport is about to be awarded to the U.S. John Stensholt, WSJ, 11 May 2022 The 1916 Elliott Corbett Estate is a showpiece of Portland’s elegant history. oregonlive, 22 Mar. 2022 The Sustainability Pavilion, designed by British Architecture firm Grimshaw, is a showpiece of Expo's eco-friendly vision. Nadia Leigh-hewitson, CNN, 2 Apr. 2022 The showpiece of that group is Bueckers, a former Hopkins (Minn.) High School star who has broken out to become one of the most familiar and popular faces of college basketball. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, 29 Mar. 2022 The project is the showpiece of a nearly $400 million public-private makeover of the historic mission and battle site. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Feb. 2022 The Lackeys’ home has four bathrooms, each a showpiece in how to design with accessibility in mind. Shasta Kearns Moore | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 27 Dec. 2021 Jeffrey Loria, an art dealer who owned the Marlins in 2003, commissioned a championship ring with 228 diamond chips and 13 rubies, part of a massive showpiece with the team name displayed across a twisting fish, with a teal diamond as its eye. New York Times, 3 Nov. 2021 The Brooklyn Tower also cashed in on its proximity to the 1908 Dime Savings Bank, a Beaux-Arts showpiece next door. Ian Volner, Curbed, 27 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of showpiece

1823, in the meaning defined above

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18 May 2022

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“Showpiece.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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