Definition of world's fair in US English:

world's fair

(also world fair)


  • An international exhibition of the industrial, scientific, technological, and artistic achievements of the participating nations.

    • ‘Beginning in the 1920s, the plastics industry tried to shape the way consumers thought of the materials, through advertising, high-tech displays at world's fairs and trade shows, and Tupperware parties.’
    • ‘The image effectively brings to mind the function of the world's fair as a modem ritual of display for the ideal of progress in the form of technology.’
    • ‘How can any self-respecting member of council refuse to put Toronto on the international map with a world's fair so we can realize our destiny as a world-class city?’
    • ‘In the early years of the twentieth century the OIA included several of her paintings in exhibitions designed to build support for their programs, especially at world's fairs and international expositions.’
    • ‘However, in 1904 academic painting still dominated state-sponsored salons, and a world's fair art exhibition was inherently nationalistic.’
    • ‘‘A mixture of carnival and serious business,’ is how Ulf Meyer describes the world fair Expo 2005 in Aichi in Japan.’
    • ‘The other is an unmarked card from Expo '67, the world's fair held in Montreal.’
    • ‘They attended world's fairs and other international expositions, including the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago and the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris.’
    • ‘International art stars were featured at last summer's Expo 2000 in Hannover, where an up-to-date concept of public art was grafted onto that industrial-age relic of mass spectacle, the world's fair.’
    • ‘The family pictures he exhibited at private clubs, artists' societies, world's fairs, and museum annuals brought him the support of patrons, approval of critics, and respect of his fellow artists.’
    • ‘Following this exposition, the midway became a popular feature at world's fairs.’
    • ‘In the last quarter of the nineteenth century, buildings constructed for world's fairs and other large-scale exhibitions in Europe and the United States frequently employed the Moorish style.’
    • ‘The world's fairs in turn inspired the expos of more recent decades, in which art is a readily visible entity understood as representing a country.’
    • ‘Like other world's fairs, the Lewis and Clark expo had an area set aside for carnival-style amusement.’
    • ‘The project was originally not expected to be finished before 2012, but the awarding of Expo 2010 has sped up planning, and now it is to be finished before the opening of the world fair.’
    • ‘Only Liberty's arm with the beacon was finished in time to be exhibited at the world fair in Philadelphia in 1876, the centenary of independence.’
    • ‘More crossed to the lace school to work their patiently with the local girls on intricate lace patterns which were later to win international prizes at the world fair in New York.’
    • ‘The Louisiana Purchase Exposition, as it was to be known, had also been timed to occur exactly ten years after Chicago had held its own world's fair, the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893.’
    • ‘Images of spectacles, particularly American world's fairs, are also abundant in the print room.’
    • ‘Under the presidency of Prince Albert, a Royal Commission was created in 1850 to run the first world's fair - the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations.’
    display, public display, show, showing, presentation, demonstration, showcase, mounting, spectacle
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