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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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  • How this picture got into the exhibition must now be explained.

  • Alfred Vail undertook to provide an instrument for exhibition in Europe.

  • "Huntley does not take the exhibition," interrupted Constance.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • I have ten pictures and eight pieces of sculpture on exhibition.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Anyhow, it is of no use worrying about the matter, as the exhibition is now over.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with exhibition
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