AskDefine | Define showpiece

Dictionary Definition

showpiece n : the outstanding item (the prize piece or main exhibit) in a collection [syn: collector's item, piece de resistance]

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English

Etymology

show + piece

Noun

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

Extensive Definition

A showpiece is:
  • An accomplishment which is worthy of display and admiration:
  • An outstanding example of a type:
  • Beacon Hill Park in Victoria, British Columbia is considered a showpiece garden.
  • A performance or composition which provides an opportunity for the display of a particular skill:
  • A work of art or theatrical production presented for exhibition:
  • In the satiric sense, a showpiece is a charade, a mockery, an empty or absurd pretense.

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