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From Middle English displayen, borrowed from Anglo-Norman despleier, from Old French despleier, desploiier, from Medieval Latin displicare (to unfold, display), from Latin dis- (apart) + plicare (to fold). See also deploy.


  • enPR: dĭsplāʹ, IPA(key): /dɪsˈpleɪ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -eɪ
  • Hyphenation: dis‧play


display (plural displays)

  1. A show or spectacle.
    The trapeze artist put on an amazing acrobatic display.
    Pupils are expected to produce a wall display about a country of their choice.
  2. (computing) An electronic screen that shows graphics or text.
  3. (computing) The presentation of information for visual or tactile reception.


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display (third-person singular simple present displays, present participle displaying, simple past and past participle displayed)

  1. (obsolete) To spread out, to unfurl.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.v:
      The wearie Traueiler, wandring that way, / Therein did often quench his thristy heat, / And then by it his wearie limbes display, / Whiles creeping slomber made him to forget / His former paine [...].
  2. (transitive) To show conspicuously; to exhibit; to demonstrate; to manifest.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 12, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      All this was extraordinarily distasteful to Churchill. It was ugly, gross. Never before had he felt such repulsion when the vicar displayed his characteristic bluntness or coarseness of speech. In the present connexion […] such talk had been distressingly out of place.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 1, in The China Governess[1]:
      The huge square box, parquet-floored and high-ceilinged, had been arranged to display a suite of bedroom furniture designed and made in the halcyon days of the last quarter of the nineteenth century, […].
  3. (intransitive) To make a display; to act as one making a show or demonstration.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
  4. (military) To extend the front of (a column), bringing it into line.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Farrow to this entry?)
  5. (printing, dated) To make conspicuous by using large or prominent type.
  6. (obsolete) To discover; to descry.
    • Chapman
      And from his seat took pleasure to display / The city so adorned with towers.


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Borrowed from English display.


  • IPA(key): /ˈdɪspleː/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: dis‧play


display f, n (plural displays, diminutive displaytje n)

  1. display (2)



display m (plural displays)

  1. display (electronic screen)


For usage examples of this term, see Citations:display.




display m (plural displays)

  1. display