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  1. a glass case for the display and protection of articles in shops, museums, etc.
  2. an exhibit or display, usually of an ideal or representative model of something.
  3. the setting, place, or vehicle for displaying something on a trial basis: The club is a showcase for new comics.
verb (used with object), show·cased, show·cas·ing.
  1. to exhibit or display.
  2. to present in or as if in an entertainment showcase: The bar showcases young jazz pianists.
  3. to show to best advantage: The part minimizes her acting ability and showcases her singing.
  4. to present as a special event: The TV network plans to showcase a new production of the play.
  1. 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. 2018

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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


  1. a glass case used to display objects in a museum or shop
  2. a setting in which anything may be displayed to best advantage
  1. (tr) to exhibit or display
  1. 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