a public exposure or revelation, as of something discreditable: Certain cheap magazines make a fortune out of sensational exposés.

Nearby words

  1. exposure,
  2. exposure dose,
  3. exposure index,
  4. exposure keratitis,
  5. exposure meter,
  6. expound,
  7. express,
  8. express delivery,
  9. express lane,
  10. express mail

Origin of exposé

1795–1805; < French, noun use of past participle of exposer to expose

Can be confusedexpose exposé

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British Dictionary definitions for exposé



the act or an instance of bringing a scandal, crime, etc, to public notice
an article, book, or statement that discloses a scandal, crime, etc


verb (tr)

to display for viewing; exhibit
to bring to public notice; disclose; revealto expose the facts
to divulge the identity of; unmask
(foll by to) to make subject or susceptible (to attack, criticism, etc)
to abandon (a child, animal, etc) in the open to die
(foll by to) to introduce (to) or acquaint (with)he was exposed to the classics at an early age
photog to subject (a photographic film or plate) to light, X-rays, or some other type of actinic radiation
RC Church to exhibit (the consecrated Eucharistic Host or a relic) for public veneration
expose oneself to display one's sexual organs in public
Derived Formsexposable, adjectiveexposal, nounexposer, noun

Word Origin for expose

C15: from Old French exposer, from Latin expōnere to set out; see exponent

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