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[shoh-pleys] /ˈʃoʊˌpleɪs/
an estate, mansion, or the like, usually open to the public, renowned for its beauty, excellent design and workmanship, historical interest, etc.
any house, building, office, etc., that is beautifully furnished and is considered of flawless taste:
His home was a showplace.
Origin of showplace
First recorded in 1570-80; show + place Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for show-place
Historical Examples
  • Does the reader remember Horace Walpole's pleasant description of a party of seers posting through the apartments of a show-place?

  • The house had been built only three years, and was the show-place of the village.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • To-day the Alhambra is kept as a show-place, rejuvenated by the restorer.

    Things seen in Spain C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • Permission to visit it is readily given, for it counts as a show-place.

  • Montmartre has also three dancing halls, two of which are genuine and one a show-place.

    A Wanderer in Paris E. V. Lucas
  • I was afraid it might be a sort of show-place, prepared for the occasion.

    The Ship Dwellers Albert Bigelow Paine
  • For the Land's End is a show-place, and we know what that entails.

    The Cornwall Coast Arthur L. Salmon
  • It is something of a show-place, too; and we think a good deal of it in these parts.

    Fenton's Quest M. E. Braddon
  • It has not become a show-place and, by consequence, self-conscious.

    The Ingoldsby Country Charles G. (Charles George) Harper
  • The Œil de Bœuf is now important only as being pointed out to strangers; Versailles is a show-place, not a habitation.

    The Wits and Beaux of Society Grace Wharton and Philip Wharton
British Dictionary definitions for show-place


a place exhibited or visited for its beauty, historic interest, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for show-place

one much-visited for beauty or fineness, 1794, from show (v.) + place (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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