ex·​hi·​bi·​tion | \ ˌek-sə-ˈbi-shən How to pronounce exhibition (audio) \

Definition of exhibition

1 : an act or instance of exhibiting
2 British : a grant drawn from the funds of a school or university to help maintain a student
3 : a public showing (as of works of art, objects of manufacture, or athletic skill) a one-man exhibition an exhibition game

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Examples of exhibition in a Sentence

There were several famous paintings at the exhibition. an exhibition of early American crafts helping to promote artists by exhibition of their paintings
Recent Examples on the Web Pathé subsidiary Cinémas Pathé Gaumont — one of Europe’s largest exhibition chains — operates 133 theaters with more than 1,300 screens throughout France, the Benelux region and Switzerland. Ben Croll, Variety, 10 May 2022 Jörg Skriebeleit, who has served as the Flossenbürg site’s director for the past 25 years, says locals didn’t put up much resistance when the memorial opened this initial exhibition. Carrie Hagen, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 May 2022 Juxtaposition, student art exhibition, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. through May 25. Cindy Kent, Sun Sentinel, 10 May 2022 AMC Entertainment has shrunk its latest quarterly loss on higher overall revenues as the movie exhibition giant looks for gains from a Hollywood box office rebound. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 May 2022 Now the latest iterations of those creations are on view at David Kordansky’s new gallery in Chelsea in a show that opened Friday, the artist’s first major solo exhibition in New York City. New York Times, 6 May 2022 The hall will have exhibition and gallery space and a demonstration kitchen. Dewayne Bevil, Orlando Sentinel, 6 May 2022 The National Guard Association of the United States will stage its general conference and exhibition from Aug. 22 to Aug. 25, 2025, according to a Thursday announcement from Visit Milwaukee, which markets the city to meeting planners. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 May 2022 In America two-part exhibition was made possible by Instagram. Essence, 5 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of exhibition

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Exhibition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exhibition. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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ex·​hi·​bi·​tion | \ ˌek-sə-ˈbi-shən How to pronounce exhibition (audio) \

Kids Definition of exhibition

1 : the act of showing an exhibition of courage
2 : a public showing (as of athletic skill or works of art)

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