Definition of exhibition in US English:

exhibition

noun

  • 1A public display of works of art or 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’
    • ‘He has held several one-man exhibitions of his paintings.’
    • ‘"He was a visionary in the real sense, " says the exhibition's curator Julie Lawson.’
    • ‘The international art exhibition is showcasing the works of as many as 11 artists from eight countries.’
    • ‘Trade fairs and exhibitions, which herald every festival season, have already come up at various spots in the city.’
    • ‘The new spring exhibition features two Highland artists with a fascination for the local landscape.’
    • ‘In 1956 he had an important group exhibition at the renowned Museum of Modern Art.’
    • ‘Richmond Town Hall will host a photographic exhibition, showing the 2nd Battalion between 1952 and 1956.’
    • ‘They include exhibition catalogues, works on art theory and works on individual artists.’
    • ‘Now, he is planning to hold a solo exhibition of his works.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Currently, an important museum exhibition exploring these works is traveling across the country.’
    • ‘He was known internationally for organizing numerous influential traveling exhibitions and for introducing to the mainstream many key avant-garde artists.’
    • ‘One portion is a group exhibition featuring a number of site-specific installations.’
    • ‘The exhibition also features a photographic quiz to test visitors' knowledge of Wiltshire.’
    • ‘Bradford has trumped Los Angeles in the race to mount a major photographic exhibition.’
    • ‘Students from the industrial environmental degree course mounted an exhibition entitled ' environmental microbiology '.’
    • ‘The artist's latest exhibition included 18 box constructions, 13 sculptures and eight works on paper.’
    • ‘Darling Harbour is the site for many conference centres, exhibition halls and auditoriums.’
    • ‘His most recent museum exhibition was held at the High Museum, Atlanta, in 1995.’
    • ‘Most recently, it was a photography exhibition space.’
    display, public display, show, showing, presentation, demonstration, showcase, mounting, spectacle
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  • 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’
    • ‘An example of Armstrong's entrepreneurial skills was evident when he played an exhibition game in Ceylon.’
    • ‘Barton were by now completely demoralised and Malton put on an exhibition of skills which were of the highest order.’
    • ‘He then proceeds to give me an exhibition of his skills - rhetorical not culinary.’
    • ‘An elbow injury, suffered in a tune-up exhibition game, short-circuited his power.’
    • ‘Brian Darcy represented the school and club in Croke Park in the skills exhibition.’
    • ‘There was an exhibition game played earlier this year in Galway.’
    • ‘The team is planning an exhibition match at Moorhead High, on a date yet to be arranged.’
    • ‘Ollie Moran gave an exhibition of high fielding skills and Balla went on to record a merited victory.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A number of activities, demonstrations and exhibitions will take place during the day.’
    • ‘The students then gave bungy-jumping exhibitions around England.’
    • ‘During the evening there were demonstrations and exhibitions by active members.’
    • ‘The Cork maestro gave a bewildering exhibition of all the skills of the game.’
    • ‘The Whirlwind isn't the only superstar involved in this exhibition match in Sligo.’
    • ‘An exhibition match featuring world class players will be staged in the near future.’
    • ‘Three days with nothing but minor league games, exhibitions, and an all-star contest.’
    • ‘Then it was rather a trial of strength and endurance than an exhibition of skill.’
    • ‘The players later took part in an exhibition game before a large turnout at a local middle school.’
    • ‘There will be demonstrations and exhibitions of Ruskin lace, spinning and weaving, wood-turning and many others.’
    • ‘What a hurler this man is, as he gave an exhibition of how the game should be played to quite rightly scoop the man of the match award.’
    1. 2.1in singular An ostentatious or insincere display of a particular quality or emotion.
      ‘a false but convincing exhibition of concern for smaller nations’
      • ‘He touched her lightly under the chin with a solitary finger, a common exhibition of affection she had noticed, and the look in his eyes made Sara blink back tears of happiness.’
      • ‘Much has been made of the violence of most games, but this exhibition also demonstrates the sexism of many games.’
      • ‘He sullied his already dwindling credibility with an exhibition of arrogance, bad taste and egotism that made for queasy viewing.’
      • ‘Lloyd responded in a fine exhibition of diplomacy, noting that ‘Alan has his own view of things’.’
      display, show, demonstration, manifestation, expression, indication
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  • 3usually 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’
    • ‘Pitches Phillies pitching coach Joe Kerrigan plans to have his starters throw in their first exhibition game.’
    • ‘Baxter is in the northerly city of Bremen for South Africa's exhibition match against Germany tomorrow.’
    • ‘Coach Dec Rivers says he will not baby Hill during camp or the exhibition season.’
    • ‘Oregon's Malik Hairston scored 30 points in 19 minutes in his first exhibition game.’
    • ‘Normally the Colts ' most disciplined lineman, Glenn picked up two false-start penalties in the exhibition finale.’
    • ‘The team scored three touchdowns in four exhibition games.’
    • ‘Coach Marty Schottenheimer will make the call during the exhibition season.’
    • ‘Three days later, Randle found himself chatting calmly with his manager on the field prior to an exhibition game in Orlando, Florida.’
    • ‘RHP Rodrigo Lopez won two games for a team of major league all-stars during a seven-game exhibition series in Japan.’
    • ‘Near the end of the season, we played an exhibition game against an older, advanced team.’
    • ‘Flowers improved his chances of making the roster with two sacks in the exhibition opener.’
    • ‘Jets defensive tackle Chester McGlockton was limited to two plays in an exhibition game against the Saints.’
    • ‘Clemente wanted no part of drawing a walk in baseball's most exalted exhibition game.’
    • ‘Rob Bironas has a strong leg; he kicked a 53-yarder in an exhibition game.’
    • ‘He expects to be ready to compete for a spot in the rotation at the beginning of the exhibition season.’
    • ‘The redshirt sophomore suffered a season-ending knee injury five seconds into Duke's exhibition opener.’
    • ‘Bledsoe, who was sacked 54 times last year, was constantly pressured in exhibition games.’
    • ‘The Jets looked solid in beating the Steelers 16-6 in an exhibition game in Pittsburgh Thursday night.’
    • ‘She says she "had a blast" participating in a pro-celebrity exhibition game during the NBA All-Star festivities.’
    • ‘The team also traveled to Korea to play several exhibition games there.’
  • 4British A scholarship awarded to a student at a school or college, usually after a competitive examination.

    • ‘The son of an industrial chemist, Wilson won an exhibition in history to Jesus College, Oxford.’
    • ‘Turing sat the scholarship examinations in 1929 and won an exhibition, but not a scholarship.’
    grant, award, endowment, payment
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Phrases

  • make an exhibition of oneself

    • Behave in a conspicuously foolish way in public.

      • ‘Clearly outplayed over the two legs by Bayern Munich, this did not stop the team's manager making an exhibition of himself near the end of the match.’
      • ‘At a meeting of the Geological Society the following February he made an exhibition of himself through his intoxication.’
      • ‘Well, I've always loved dressing up and making an exhibition of myself.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When he was young she used to point to the TV where McEnroe was making an exhibition of himself, throwing temper tantrums at Wimbledon.’
      • ‘His accent is a weird mixture of Robert De Niro and Jimmy Durante, radiating guignol menace and barbaric handsomeness, especially when called upon to make an exhibition of himself as the grotesque civic celebrity he has become.’
      • ‘He can't relate to women unless he's drunk, and he was known for making an exhibition of himself when in his cups.’
      • ‘Give them a chance to make an exhibition of themselves and these two never miss the opportunity.’
      • ‘Mind you, there's lots of free drink about as well and Mrs Mungo is certain to make an exhibition of herself.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

exhibition

/ˌɛksəˈbɪʃ(ə)n//ˌeksəˈbiSH(ə)n/