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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for show-place
Historical Examples
  • The house had been built only three years, and was the show-place of the village.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • We have a show-place, and one of which we are excessively proud.

    Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2) William Delisle Hay
  • For the Land's End is a show-place, and we know what that entails.

    The Cornwall Coast Arthur L. Salmon
  • To-day the Alhambra is kept as a show-place, rejuvenated by the restorer.

    Things seen in Spain C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • His house was, for the moment, the "show-place" of the town.

    Diplomatic Days Edith O'Shaughnessy
  • It has not become a show-place and, by consequence, self-conscious.

    The Ingoldsby Country

    Charles G. (Charles George) Harper
  • Permission to visit it is readily given, for it counts as a show-place.

  • I was afraid it might be a sort of show-place, prepared for the occasion.

    The Ship Dwellers

    Albert Bigelow Paine
  • That home, when I began to frequent it, had become the show-place of the district.

  • The island is military, save for the church, and that is chiefly a show-place to-day.

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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