verb (used with object), show·cased, show·cas·ing.


prominently or proudly regarded or presented: a showcase city.

Origin of showcase

First recorded in 1830–40; show + case2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for showcase

Contemporary Examples of showcase

Historical Examples of showcase

  • That's how I got rid of all that stale candy you had in the boxes behind the showcase.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Then he helped himself to a cigar from the showcase, and told his friend to "chalk it up."

    Cap'n Eri

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • "Seems as if I remember your sayin' a few things about that showcase," he remarked.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • He tossed four silver dollars on the showcase and took the tickets.

    The Cross-Cut

    Courtney Ryley Cooper

  • Even the sight of the candy in the showcase had not lifted his spirits.

    Jerry's Charge Account

    Hazel Hutchins Wilson

British Dictionary definitions for showcase



a glass case used to display objects in a museum or shop
a setting in which anything may be displayed to best advantage


(tr) to exhibit or display


displayed or meriting display as in a showcase
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for showcase

"glass case for exhibiting valuable things," 1835, from show (v.) + case (n.2). In the extended sense, it is attested from 1937. The verb is first recorded 1945. Related: Showcased; showcasing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper