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showpiece

[shoh-pees]
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noun
  1. something that is displayed or exhibited.
  2. something exhibited or worthy of exhibiting as a fine example of its kind.

Origin of showpiece

First recorded in 1880–85; show + piece

Synonyms

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1, 2. masterpiece, prize, gem.
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Examples from the Web for showpiece

Historical Examples

  • It shook upon its platter like the showpiece in any caterer's window.

    Five Little Starrs in the Canadian Forest

    Lillian Elizabeth Roy

  • This, for forty years, was a showpiece throughout Europe and even in America.

  • He had selected an extract from Webster—the reply to the Hayne—and this was the showpiece of the afternoon.

    Bound to Rise

    Horatio Alger


British Dictionary definitions for showpiece

showpiece

noun
  1. anything displayed or exhibited
  2. anything prized as a very fine example of its type
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