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showpiece Syllabification: show·piece
Pronunciation: /ˈSHōˌpēs/

Definition of showpiece in English:


1Something that attracts attention or admiration as an outstanding example of its type: the factory has expanded and become a showpiece of American industry
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  • The two new prison blocks were opened this year and were intended to be a showpiece of how prisons should be.
  • Renowned for attracting top acts to the showpiece event, this year they have excelled themselves by signing up current chart-toppers Hear'say.
  • The meeting has quickly become a speedway showpiece that also attracts big viewing figures for live coverage on TV.
1.1Something that offers a particular opportunity for a display of skill: the serenade was a showpiece for the wind section
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  • Whether the early Strauss songs form ideal showpiece material for her voice is debatable.
  • The Flute Concerto is a showpiece for both soloist and orchestra, elegant and atmospheric; it is full of subtle beauties that fall like gentle leaves on the ear.
  • This year they turned to Bellini, staging Norma, generally regarded as one of the composer's finest bel canto masterpieces, and not so long ago a showpiece for Maria Callas.
1.2An item of work presented for exhibition or display.
Example sentences
  • He was just as good with informal portraits as with grand showpieces.
  • Instead of being used for serving food, it seems far more likely that it formed a showpiece, displayed prominently at its owner's banquets.
  • Early Victorian taste favoured opulence and eclecticism, so exhibition showpieces coexisted with simpler, compact items like Windsor chairs.
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