an exhibiting, showing, or presenting to view.
a public display, as of the work of artists or artisans, the products of farms or factories, the skills of performers, or objects of general interest.
an exposition or large fair of extended duration, as a world's fair.
British. an allowance given to a student in a college, university, or school, usually upon the result of a competitive examination.
Medicine/Medical Obsolete. administration, as of a remedy.

1275–1325; Middle English exhibicion < Late Latin exhibitiōn- (stem of exhibitiō) a presenting. See exhibit, -ion

nonexhibition, noun
preexhibition, noun
reexhibition, noun
self-exhibition, noun
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exhibition (ˌɛksɪˈbɪʃən)
1.  a public display of art, products, skills, activities, etc: a judo exhibition
2.  the act of exhibiting or the state of being exhibited
3.  make an exhibition of oneself to behave so foolishly in public that one excites notice or ridicule
4.  (Brit) an allowance or scholarship awarded to a student at a university or school

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Word Origin & History

early 15c., from O.Fr. exhibicion, from L. exhibitionem (nom. exhibitio), from exhibere "to show, display," lit. "to hold out," from ex- "out" + habere "to hold" (see habit).
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Idioms & Phrases


see make an exhibition of oneself.

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Example sentences
Must have a significant exhibition history, and/or achievement in publications
  and scholarship.
Among the lessons to be learned at this exhibition is that not all attributions
  are necessarily for ever.
More startling than the displays themselves are some of the individuals walking
  the floor at the exhibition.
Visit our photo gallery of some of the pieces from the exhibition.
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