show·​place | \ ˈshō-ˌplās How to pronounce showplace (audio) \

Definition of showplace

: a place (such as an estate or building) that is regarded as an example of beauty or excellence

Examples of showplace in a Sentence

They have transformed their home into a showplace.
Recent Examples on the Web Farmers who idolize Zapata smacked and shoved gay-rights activists outside the Fine Arts Palace, the showplace of Mexican culture. Washington Post, "Painting of a ‘gay’ Zapata in a pink sombrero and heels divides Mexico," 13 Dec. 2019 This Bel-Air showplace, which just hit the market for $65 million. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Nile Niami’s latest creation aims for $65 million in Bel-Air," 14 Oct. 2019 Slip on safety goggles for highly supervised 20- to 40-minute classes at one of the world’s largest showplaces for glass, where students turn out a pendant, a picture frame or even a wine glass. Jennifer Barger, Washington Post, "Forget souvenir shopping; these destinations let you craft your own meaningful memento," 18 Oct. 2019 Still, the space functions principally as a backdrop for human activity, not a showplace for art. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "At Glenstone, ‘Fear Eats the Soul’ includes a show-within-a-show — and free soup," 31 Oct. 2019 Designed and custom built by the former couple over a seven-year period, the sprawling showplace was intended to showcase an extensive art collection. Los Angeles Times, "Hot Property: Last laugh? Gwen Stefani sells L.A.-area home to stand-up comic," 19 Oct. 2019 Applicants would grow significantly, Ms. Sanders believed, if Burlington College acquired a showplace campus. Danny Hakim, New York Times, "Jane Sanders and the Messy Demise of a Vermont College," 21 June 2019 Unfortunately, Tim Berners-Lee invented the HTML language and World Wide Web in Geneva of all places, at Europe’s showplace CERN laboratory. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "Forget Old Generals—Highways Can Honor High-Tech," 20 June 2019 Hidden behind walls and gates, the monolithic showplace is a superstar in its own right with six structures combining to offer about 30,000 square feet of interior space. Los Angeles Times, "These are the most expensive homes ever sold in Los Angeles," 19 July 2019

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First Known Use of showplace

1753, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of showplace was in 1753

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5 Jan 2020

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“Showplace.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of showplace

: a beautiful or important place that people enjoy seeing

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