exhibition


exhibition
exhibition, show, exhibit, exposition, fair are comparable when meaning a public display of objects of interest.
Exhibition and, less often in strictly formal use except in art circles, show are applicable to any such display of objects of art, manufacture, commerce, or agriculture or to a display (as by pupils, members, or associates) of prowess or skill (as in gymnastics, oratory, or music)
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the annual exhibition of the Academy of Fine Arts

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an exhibition of Navaho blankets

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a one-man show of paintings

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a gymnastic exhibition

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a cattle show

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an industrial exhibition

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Exhibit typically denotes an object or collection displayed by a single person, group, or organization in an exhibition
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our club had a fine exhibit in the school fair

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but in some uses it is not clearly distinct from exhibition or show, since the scope of an exhibit may vary from a single object to a collection coextensive with an exhibition; thus, an artist might present a one-man show which would be at once an exhibition and an exhibit of his work.
Exposition is the usual term for a very large exhibition, especially one involving the participation of many states and countries
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the World's Columbian Exposition at Chicago in 1893

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the annual Eastern States Exposition at West Springfield, Massachusetts

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Fair may be equivalent to exposition
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a world's fair

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or it may apply to a small exhibition of wares, produce, or stock sometimes for the promotion of sales, sometimes in competition for prizes for excellence; it suggests a variety of kinds of display and entertainment and usually an outdoor setting
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a county fair

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  • exhibition — ► NOUN 1) a public display of items in an art gallery or museum. 2) a display or demonstration of a skill or quality. ● make an exhibition of oneself Cf. ↑make an exhibition of oneself …   English terms dictionary

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  • Exhibition [1] — Exhibition (lat.), in der Rechtssprache das Vorlegen, Vorzeigen oder Zugänglichmachen einer Sache. Schon das römische Recht gab demjenigen, der ein rechtliches Interesse daran hatte, daß ihm eine Sache vorgelegt oder sonst zugänglich gemacht… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon


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