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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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  • It is modern Belgian work, executed for the Paris exhibition of 1867.

  • To those admitted, the only exhibition was of the wounded, the maimed, the dying.

    Nights Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • And he actually sent back to the committee the money they forwarded to him after the exhibition was over!!

    The History of The Hen Fever George P. Burnham
  • The result of the examination for the Waterston exhibition was announced.

  • Omaha, where the opening performance of this exhibition was given, honored Will last year by setting apart one day as "Cody Day."

    Last of the Great Scouts Helen Cody Wetmore
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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