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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To you, recipes were neither tests nor showpieces but stories about food and cooking, stories that told you significant things about living interestingly and nobly and well. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Get Cooking: The table as the great altar of life," 28 Aug. 2019 Your Home | Summer Living Two decks and the owners’ British sensibilities transform a residence into an indoor-outdoor showpiece. Marni Elyse Katz,, "Trees made them fall in love with this house in Milton," 20 June 2019 The trouble is, an ultra-high-end retailer like Barneys does need showpieces. Sarah Halzackbloomberg, Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Barneys bankruptcy proves luxury retailers aren’t immune to industry turmoil," 6 Aug. 2019 The Super Eagles are eyeing their fourth crown in Africa's showpiece tournament., "Alex Iwobi Opens Up on AFCON Dreams as Nigeria Approach Crucial Semi-Final," 13 July 2019 Italy, their opponent on Saturday, is back in the quarterfinals for the first time since the first FIFA women’s showpiece in 1991. Rob Harris, The Denver Post, "Investment pays off as Europe dominates FIFA Women’s World Cup," 26 June 2019 In a week that Shane Lowry won the British Open at Portrush and Ireland's cricketers embarrassed England at Lord's, Adare Manor was chosen as the venue for one of golf's biggest showpiece events. James Masters, CNN, "Ryder Cup: Adare Manor to host 2026 tournament," 25 July 2019 Rapid would go on to lose to the showpiece event to the dominant force of Austrian football in recent times, Red Bull Salzburg., "Joelinton: 5 Things to Know About the Man Set to Become Newcastle's Club-Record Signing," 22 July 2019 For me, however, my All-Clad set is less a shiny showpiece and more of a daily workhorse. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Score 30 percent off All-Clad cookware—the ultimate wedding gift," 15 July 2019

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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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