Meaning of “exhibition” in the English Dictionary

"exhibition" in British English

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exhibitionnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˌek.sɪˈbɪʃ.ən/ us /ˌek.səˈbɪʃ.ən/

B1 an event at which objects such as paintings are shown to the public, a situation in which someone shows a particular skill or quality to the public, or the act of showing these things:

The photographs will be on exhibition until the end of the month.
There's a new exhibition of sculpture on at the city gallery.
The athlete's third, and winning, jump was an exhibition of skill and strength.

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  • Crowds of people flocked to see the Picasso exhibition.
  • The exhibition will illustrate how life evolved from water.
  • There was a lovely exhibition of watercolours on in town - did you see it?
  • Science museums are now mounting exciting exhibitions designed to draw in the crowds.
  • She pretends that she knows all about the latest films and art exhibitions, but it's all a pose.

(Definition of “exhibition” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"exhibition" in American English

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exhibitionnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˌek·səˈbɪʃ·ən/

a collection of things shown publicly:

[ C ] an exhibition of model airplanes

(Definition of “exhibition” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"exhibition" in Business English

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exhibitionnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌeksɪˈbɪʃən/ us

an occasion when objects are shown to the public:

an exhibition of ethically designed products
art/fashion/trade exhibitions
a touring/travelling exhibition
a permanent/temporary exhibition
be on exhibition

if something is on exhibition, it is in a place where the public can come to look at it:

All the latest cars are on exhibition at the Motor Show.

(Definition of “exhibition” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)