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[ek-suh-bish-uh n] /ˌɛk səˈbɪʃ ən/
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.
Origin of exhibition
1275-1325; Middle English exhibicion < Late Latin exhibitiōn- (stem of exhibitiō) a presenting. See exhibit, -ion
Related forms
nonexhibition, noun
preexhibition, noun
reexhibition, noun
self-exhibition, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for exhibition
  • 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.
  • exhibition daylilies don't normally bloom as prolifically as simpler yellow ones.
  • The collective exhibition will be partially set up using tablets to show to the public these new ways of making art.
  • Two new books and a exhibition offer the opening salvo in what will be a continuing barrage.
  • There are many more modest objects in the exhibition.
  • The line between exhibition space and viewer space is sometimes clear and sometimes not.
  • Not every art exhibition doubles as a summer vacation planner.
British Dictionary definitions for exhibition


a public display of art, products, skills, activities, etc: a judo exhibition
the act of exhibiting or the state of being exhibited
make an exhibition of oneself, to behave so foolishly in public that one excites notice or ridicule
(Brit) an allowance or scholarship awarded to a student at a university or school
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Word Origin and History for exhibition

early 14c., from Old French exhibicion, exibicion "show, exhibition, display," from Late Latin exhibitionem (nominative exhibitio), noun of action from past participle stem of exhibere "to show, display," literally "to hold out," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + habere "to hold" (see habit).

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