Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Something exhibited, especially as an outstanding example of its kind.

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  • n. Something that exhibits exceptional quality, something worth being shown.
  • n. Something made specifically to be displayed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the outstanding item (the prize piece or main exhibit) in a collection

Etymologies

show + piece (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This will have several interlocking components: The showpiece will be a new U.N. Security Council resolution to add sanctions against the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and its affiliated companies, along with other Iranian firms involved in manufacturing, transporting and financing weapons shipments and other illicit activities.

    Setting the trap on Iran

  • The showpiece will be a collection of about 10,000 personal papers that belonged to Dr. King, which were purchased with a $32 million loan backed by some of Atlanta's biggest philanthropists and corporations.

    Civil-Rights Gains Test New Memorials' Relevance

  • The showpiece is a complex natural cooling plan that will bring the temperature down dramatically, for example from about 45 degrees Celsius outdoors to about 25 degrees indoors, according to Mr. Schuler, who is working on the project.

    Architects Who Add Sex Appeal

  • I don't remember what all cars they had from the movie but the showpiece was the Jeep by the character played by Tom Cruise.

    All we need is Blog?

  • The showpiece is a lengthy interpretation of James Brown's "It's a Man's Man's Man's World," with a brief detour into George Gershwin's "Summertime."

    News - chicagotribune.com

  • However, England plans to take a team of 560 for the October 3-14 showpiece, which is set to be the biggest multiple-sport event staged in India since the 1982 Asian Games.

    The Age News Headlines

  • The showpiece is a tantalising five-storey-high chocolate waterfall.

    Hawke's Bay Today

  • Taylor isn't as well known as the showpiece players on Pittsburgh's defense -- Troy Polamalu,

    ThePittsburghChannel.com - Local News

  • In No. 11, the showpiece is a simple wooden table designed by Enzo Mari in 1972.

    NYT > Home Page

  • The South African, awarded the Nobel peace prize for his role in the fight against apartheid, said Mugabe made Zimbabwe a "showpiece" country in the first years after independence from Britain in 1980 but was now presiding over "blatant" rights violations.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

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