showcase

[shoh-keys]
noun
1.
a glass case for the display and protection of articles in shops, museums, etc.
2.
an exhibit or display, usually of an ideal or representative model of something.
3.
the setting, place, or vehicle for displaying something on a trial basis: The club is a showcase for new comics.
verb (used with object), showcased, showcasing.
4.
to exhibit or display.
5.
to present in or as if in an entertainment showcase: The bar showcases young jazz pianists.
6.
to show to best advantage: The part minimizes her acting ability and showcases her singing.
7.
to present as a special event: The TV network plans to showcase a new production of the play.
adjective
8.
prominently or proudly regarded or presented: a showcase city.

Origin:
1830–40; show + case2

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showcase (ˈʃəʊˌkeɪs)
 
n
1.  a glass case used to display objects in a museum or shop
2.  a setting in which anything may be displayed to best advantage
 
vb
3.  (tr) to exhibit or display
 
adj
4.  displayed or meriting display as in a showcase

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Word Origin & History

showcase
"glass case for exhibiting valuable things," 1835, from show (v.) + case (q.v.). In the extended, theatrical sense, it is attested from 1937. The verb is first recorded 1945.
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Example sentences
Paint shelves and the wall behind them an eye-catching color to showcase books
  and accessories.
In the living room, they created a built-in display case to showcase art and
  conceal stereo equipment.
Don't clutter your display by trying to showcase everything.
The idea was to showcase economically feasible ways to reduce the energy use of
  existing buildings around the world.
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