exhibition

An exhibition is a collection of items for public display, like an exhibition of children’s artwork, antique vases, or memorabilia from a science fiction movie series.

In the 19th century, exhibition was used to refer to a collection of objects, while exhibit designated a single item in an exhibition. Nowadays, exhibition and exhibit are often used interchangeably. Exhibition comes from the Latin ex-, meaning "out," and habere, meaning "hold" — as objects in an exhibition are "held out," or shown, to the public. The h in "hold out" might help you remember to include the h when spelling exhibition.

Definitions of exhibition
  1. noun
    the act of exhibiting
    “a remarkable exhibition of musicianship”
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    production
    (law) the act of exhibiting in a court of law
    rodeo
    an exhibition of cowboy skills
    type of:
    demonstration, presentation, presentment
    a show or display; the act of presenting something to sight or view
  2. noun
    a collection of things (goods or works of art etc.) for public display
    synonyms: expo, exposition
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    art exhibition
    an exhibition of art objects (paintings or statues)
    peepshow, raree-show
    an exhibition of pictures or objects viewed through a small hole or magnifying glass
    fair
    a competitive exhibition of farm products
    retrospective
    an exhibition of a representative selection of an artist's life work
    type of:
    accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection
    several things grouped together or considered as a whole
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