[ dih-spleyd ]
/ dɪˈspleɪd /

adjective Heraldry.

(of a bird) represented with wings and legs spread: an eagle displayed.

Nearby words

  1. display,
  2. display ad,
  3. display advertisement,
  4. display advertising,
  5. display type,
  6. displease,
  7. displeased,
  8. displeasure,
  9. displode,
  10. displosion

Origin of displayed

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at display, -ed2

Related formsun·dis·played, adjectivewell-dis·played, adjective


[ dih-spley ]
/ dɪˈspleɪ /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

(of animals) to engage in a stereotyped behavior that conveys information to individuals of the same or another species.


Origin of display

1250–1300; Middle English desplayen < Anglo-French, Old French despleier < Late Latin displicāre to unfold. See dis-1, plicate

Related forms

Synonym study

1, 2. Display, evince, exhibit, manifest mean to show or bring to the attention of another or others. To display is literally to spread something out so that it may be most completely and favorably seen: to display goods for sale. To exhibit is to display something in a show: to exhibit the best flowers. They may both be used for showing (off) one's qualities or feelings: He displayed his wit. He exhibited great surprise. To evince and to manifest also mean to show feelings or qualities: to evince or manifest surprise, interest. 8. See show.

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/ (dɪˈspleɪ) /



Derived Formsdisplayer, noun

Word Origin for display

C14: from Anglo-French despleier to unfold, from Late Latin displicāre to scatter, from dis- 1 + plicāre to fold

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Word Origin and History for displayed
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