[ ek-suh-bish-uhn ]
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  1. an exhibiting, showing, or presenting to view.

  2. 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.

  1. an exposition or large fair of extended duration, as a world's fair.

  2. British. an allowance given to a student in a college, university, or school, usually upon the result of a competitive examination.

  3. 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

Other words from exhibition

  • non·ex·hi·bi·tion, noun
  • pre·ex·hi·bi·tion, noun
  • re·ex·hi·bi·tion, noun
  • self-ex·hi·bi·tion, noun

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How to use exhibition in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for exhibition


/ (ˌɛksɪˈbɪʃən) /

  1. a public display of art, products, skills, activities, etc: a judo exhibition

  2. the act of exhibiting or the state of being exhibited

  1. make an exhibition of oneself to behave so foolishly in public that one excites notice or ridicule

  2. British an allowance or scholarship awarded to a student at a university or school

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Other Idioms and Phrases with exhibition


see make an exhibition of oneself.

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