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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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 Grujic has been included in Serbia’s 23-man World Cup squad, and his future will be resolved after this summer's showpiece., "Fulham Eyeing Liverpool Midfielder Marko Grujic Following Successful Cardiff City Loan Spell," 7 June 2018 Abduraimov gets around the keyboard with alacrity and precision, but probing the expressive depths of this showpiece is evidently still in his future. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Copland’s generous patriotism gets boost from SF Symphony," 16 Mar. 2018 Football Champions Tour has been arranging showpiece games for 10 years and, last year, together with the marketing agency Pitch International, launched Star Sixes in London. Rory Smith, New York Times, "The Players Are Retired. But Try Telling Them the Games Don’t Matter.," 17 Apr. 2018 Each finalist will receive 17,000 tickets for its fans with the stadium capacity set at 63,000 for the showpiece game, UEFA said Friday., "Real Madrid Faces Juventus in Champions League Quarterfinals," 16 Mar. 2018 Where the rooms in the White House were meant to be showpieces rather than gathering areas, the first lady gave them new life. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Jackie Kennedy’s Best Hostess Advice and Most Memorable Entertaining Moments," 27 July 2018 France's own supremely talented young squad will aim to make amends for defeat on home soil in the final of Euro 2016 in Sunday's showpiece against England or Croatia. Kieran Canning,, "Umtiti heads France into World Cup final as Belgium fall short," 10 July 2018 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

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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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