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

      • ‘Give them a chance to make an exhibition of themselves and these two never miss the opportunity.’
      • ‘Well, I've always loved dressing up and making an exhibition of myself.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At a meeting of the Geological Society the following February he made an exhibition of himself through his intoxication.’
      • ‘Mind you, there's lots of free drink about as well and Mrs Mungo is certain to make an exhibition of herself.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When he was young she used to point to the TV where McEnroe was making an exhibition of himself, throwing temper tantrums at Wimbledon.’

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

/ˌeksəˈbiSH(ə)n//ˌɛksəˈbɪʃ(ə)n/