Definition of exhibition in English:



  • 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’
    [mass noun] ‘he never lent his treasures out for exhibition’
    • ‘The exhibition also features a photographic quiz to test visitors' knowledge of Wiltshire.’
    • ‘He was known internationally for organizing numerous influential traveling exhibitions and for introducing to the mainstream many key avant-garde artists.’
    • ‘He has held several one-man exhibitions of his paintings.’
    • ‘Darling Harbour is the site for many conference centres, exhibition halls and auditoriums.’
    • ‘Bradford has trumped Los Angeles in the race to mount a major photographic exhibition.’
    • ‘They include exhibition catalogues, works on art theory and works on individual artists.’
    • ‘The new spring exhibition features two Highland artists with a fascination for the local landscape.’
    • ‘His most recent museum exhibition was held at the High Museum, Atlanta, in 1995.’
    • ‘The international art exhibition is showcasing the works of as many as 11 artists from eight countries.’
    • ‘The artist's latest exhibition included 18 box constructions, 13 sculptures and eight works on paper.’
    • ‘One portion is a group exhibition featuring a number of site-specific installations.’
    • ‘"He was a visionary in the real sense, " says the exhibition's curator Julie Lawson.’
    • ‘Trade fairs and exhibitions, which herald every festival season, have already come up at various spots in the city.’
    • ‘In 1956 he had an important group exhibition at the renowned Museum of Modern Art.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now, he is planning to hold a solo exhibition of his works.’
    • ‘Students from the industrial environmental degree course mounted an exhibition entitled ' environmental microbiology '.’
    • ‘Richmond Town Hall will host a photographic exhibition, showing the 2nd Battalion between 1952 and 1956.’
    • ‘Most recently, it was a photography exhibition space.’
    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’
    • ‘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 was an exhibition game played earlier this year in Galway.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An elbow injury, suffered in a tune-up exhibition game, short-circuited his power.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There will be demonstrations and exhibitions of Ruskin lace, spinning and weaving, wood-turning and many others.’
    • ‘An exhibition match featuring world class players will be staged in the near future.’
    • ‘During the evening there were demonstrations and exhibitions by active members.’
    • ‘The students then gave bungy-jumping exhibitions around England.’
    • ‘The Cork maestro gave a bewildering exhibition of all the skills of the game.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Whirlwind isn't the only superstar involved in this exhibition match in Sligo.’
    • ‘The team is planning an exhibition match at Moorhead High, on a date yet to be arranged.’
    • ‘Brian Darcy represented the school and club in Croke Park in the skills exhibition.’
    • ‘Ollie Moran gave an exhibition of high fielding skills and Balla went on to record a merited victory.’
    • ‘Barton were by now completely demoralised and Malton put on an exhibition of skills which were of the highest order.’
    • ‘An example of Armstrong's entrepreneurial skills was evident when he played an exhibition game in Ceylon.’
    • ‘He then proceeds to give me an exhibition of his skills - rhetorical not culinary.’
    1. 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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, indication
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  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Coach Marty Schottenheimer will make the call during the exhibition season.’
    • ‘The team also traveled to Korea to play several exhibition games there.’
    • ‘Coach Dec Rivers says he will not baby Hill during camp or the exhibition season.’
    • ‘The team scored three touchdowns in four exhibition games.’
    • ‘Pitches Phillies pitching coach Joe Kerrigan plans to have his starters throw in their first exhibition game.’
    • ‘The Jets looked solid in beating the Steelers 16-6 in an exhibition game in Pittsburgh Thursday night.’
    • ‘Near the end of the season, we played an exhibition game against an older, advanced team.’
    • ‘Three days later, Randle found himself chatting calmly with his manager on the field prior to an exhibition game in Orlando, Florida.’
    • ‘Oregon's Malik Hairston scored 30 points in 19 minutes in his first exhibition game.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She says she "had a blast" participating in a pro-celebrity exhibition game during the NBA All-Star festivities.’
    • ‘Baxter is in the northerly city of Bremen for South Africa's exhibition match against Germany tomorrow.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘RHP Rodrigo Lopez won two games for a team of major league all-stars during a seven-game exhibition series in Japan.’
  • 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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Late Middle English (in the sense maintenance, support; hence exhibition, mid 17th century): via Old French from late Latin exhibitio(n-), from Latin exhibere hold out (see exhibit).