Definition of exhibition in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌeksəˈbiSH(ə)n/


1A public display of works of art or other items of interest, held in an art gallery or museum or at a trade fair: an exhibition of French sculpture he never lent his treasures out for exhibition
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  • It is part of the high-tech armoury used by the company to create visitor attractions, exhibitions, museum galleries as well as tourist information centres.
  • Trade fairs and exhibitions, which herald every festival season, have already come up at various spots in the city.
  • He has held several one-man exhibitions of his paintings.
(public) display, show, showing, presentation, demonstration, exposition, showcase, exhibit
2A display or demonstration of a particular skill: fields that have been plowed with a supreme exhibition of the farm worker’s skills [as modifier]: exhibition games
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  • The Cork maestro gave a bewildering exhibition of all the skills of the game.
  • The event would see the sport's top stars taking part in demonstration games and trick shot exhibitions on Friday before getting down to the serious business of the finals at the weekend.
  • There will be demonstrations and exhibitions of Ruskin lace, spinning and weaving, wood-turning and many others.
2.1 [in singular] An ostentatious or insincere display of a particular quality or emotion: a false but convincing exhibition of concern for smaller nations
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  • He sullied his already dwindling credibility with an exhibition of arrogance, bad taste and egotism that made for queasy viewing.
  • Much has been made of the violence of most games, but this exhibition also demonstrates the sexism of many games.
  • Lloyd responded in a fine exhibition of diplomacy, noting that ‘Alan has his own view of things’.
display, show, demonstration, manifestation, expression
3 [usually as modifier] (In sports) a game whose outcome does not affect a team’s standing, typically one played before the start of a regular season: an exhibition game
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  • Rob Bironas has a strong leg; he kicked a 53-yarder in an exhibition game.
  • Oregon's Malik Hairston scored 30 points in 19 minutes in his first exhibition game.
  • The team scored three touchdowns in four exhibition games.
4British A scholarship awarded to a student at a school or college, usually after a competitive examination.
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  • Turing sat the scholarship examinations in 1929 and won an exhibition, but not a scholarship.
  • The son of an industrial chemist, Wilson won an exhibition in history to Jesus College, Oxford.


make an exhibition of oneself

Behave in a conspicuously foolish way in public.
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  • Well, I've always loved dressing up and making an exhibition of myself.
  • He can't relate to women unless he's drunk, and he was known for making an exhibition of himself when in his cups.
  • It was more than a little disturbing to find that Scotland's top representative in the Masters has been making an exhibition of himself again.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'maintenance, support'; hence sense 4, mid 17th century): via Old French from late Latin exhibitio(n-), from Latin exhibere 'hold out' (see exhibit).

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Syllabification: ex·hi·bi·tion

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