Definition of showpiece in English:

showpiece

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Pronunciation: /ˈʃəʊpiːs
 
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noun

  • 1Something which attracts attention or admiration as an outstanding example of its type: the factory has expanded and become a showpiece of British 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 which 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.
  • 2An item of work presented for exhibition or display.
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    • 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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