from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A window of a shop, especially one of the front windows in which goods are displayed for sale; a show-window.


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  • And in this digital age, the proverbial "open for business" sign that used to dangle in the front shop-window has been replaced with the search bar.

    Tom Grasty: 3 Keys to Naming Your Product

  • While Gavroche was scrutinizing the shop-window and the cakes of windsor soap, two children of unequal stature, very neatly dressed, and still smaller than himself, one apparently about seven years of age, the other five, timidly turned the handle and entered the shop, with a request for something or other, alms possibly, in a plaintive murmur which resembled a groan rather than a prayer.

    Les Miserables

  • The next time you meet in the street a young woman stopping for a moment to look into a shop-window, examine her face carefully.

    A Daughter of Eve

  • Protesting against being required to live in a trench, and obliged to speculate all day upon what the people can possibly be doing within a mysterious opposite window, which is a shop-window to look at, but not a shop-window in respect of its offering nothing for sale and declining to give any account whatever of itself, Mr. Goodchild concedes

    The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices

  • Schooled as a commercial artist (and with a draftsman's skills second to none), he had no trouble finding work as a house painter, muralist and shop-window dresser.


  • With a ragged diamond/of shattered plate-glass/a young man and his girl/are falling into a shop-window.


  • He fancied that he had seen something like it in a shop-window.

    The Water Babies

  • A recent UK exhibit on the shop-window mannequin is the impetus for the wonderful cultural history Cartner-Morley provides:

    Fashioning the New Self |

  • "We have so many exciting features, in addition to the unique shop-window concept." to be launched, soon

  • The watchmaker had displayed it in his shop-window; Nastasey Nastasyeitch had seen it, as he passed by, bought it and brought it along with him.

    The Watch


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