Meaning of DISPLAY in English

I. di-ˈsplā verb

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French desplaier, desploier, literally, to unfold — more at deploy

Date: 14th century

transitive verb


a. : to put or spread before the view

display the flag

b. : to make evident

display ed great skill

c. : to exhibit ostentatiously

liked to display his erudition

2. obsolete : descry

intransitive verb

1. obsolete : show off

2. : to make a breeding display

penguins display ed and copulated

Synonyms: see show

• dis·play·able -ˈsplā-ə-bəl adjective

II. noun

Usage: often attributive

Date: 1665



(1) : a setting or presentation of something in open view

a fireworks display

(2) : a clear sign or evidence : exhibition

a display of courage

b. : ostentatious show

c. : type, composition, or printing designed to catch the eye

d. : an eye-catching arrangement by which something is exhibited

a display of artifacts

— often used with on

her early paintings are currently on display

e. : an electronic device (as a cathode-ray tube) that presents information in visual form ; also : the visual information

2. : a pattern of behavior exhibited especially by male birds in the breeding season

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.