Definition of exposition in English:


Line breaks: ex|pos¦ition
Pronunciation: /ɛkspəˈzɪʃ(ə)n


  • 2A large public exhibition of art or trade goods: the exposition will feature exhibits by 165 companies
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    • Similar to the inaugural event in Beijing two years ago, the exposition in Shanghai also featured a wide range of exhibitions on world soccer.
    • The company promotes trade shows and expositions, and publishes books, including the famous ‘For Dummies’ series, among other activities.
    • With Georges being a supplier of equipment for the construction industry, their life was going to trade shows and expositions.
    exhibition, fair, trade fair, display, show, presentation, demonstration; North American exhibit
    informal expo, demo
  • 3 Music The part of a movement, especially in sonata form, in which the principal themes are first presented.
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    • Thus a sonata exposition, which in Mozart or Beethoven may often have two contrasting themes, is said to have a ‘first subject’ and a ‘second subject’.
    • The exposition contains a first theme in two parts, transition, two secondary themes, and a 19-bar closing section.
    • His measured, lyrical exposition of the movement's second theme seemed to touch the very soul of the music.
  • 4 [mass noun] archaic The action of making something public: the country squires dreaded the exposition of their rustic conversation



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  • It can be used for expositional purposes, in the form of diagrams.
  • Several expositional scenes are played out not with actors, but instead with text boxes and silhouette portraits of the characters, as we would see in an adventure game.
  • This disparity may be due to a longstanding view among many educators that expositional informational books are too difficult for children.


Middle English: from Latin expositio(n-), from the verb exponere 'expose, publish, explain'.

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