[ek-spuh-zish-uh n]


Nearby words

  1. exporter,
  2. exposal,
  3. expose,
  4. exposed,
  5. exposit,
  6. expositor,
  7. expository,
  8. exposome,
  9. expostulate,
  10. expostulation

Origin of exposition

1300–50; Middle English exposicioun < Latin expositiōn- (stem of expositiō), equivalent to exposit(us) (see expose) + -iōn- -ion

Related formsex·po·si·tion·al, adjectivepre·ex·po·si·tion, nounre·ex·po·si·tion, noun

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Examples from the Web for exposition

British Dictionary definitions for exposition



a systematic, usually written statement about, commentary on, or explanation of a specific subject
the act of expounding or setting forth information or a viewpoint
a large public exhibition, esp of industrial products or arts and crafts
the act of exposing or the state of being exposed
the part of a play, novel, etc, in which the theme and main characters are introduced
music the first statement of the subjects or themes of a movement in sonata form or a fugue
RC Church the exhibiting of the consecrated Eucharistic Host or a relic for public veneration
Derived Formsexpositional, adjective

Word Origin for exposition

C14: from Latin expositiō a setting forth, from expōnere to display; see exponent

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Word Origin and History for exposition



late 14c., "explanation, narration," from Old French esposicion (12c.), from Latin expositionem (nominative expositio) "a setting or showing forth," noun of action from past participle stem of exponere (see expound).

The meaning "public display" is first recorded 1851 in reference to the Crystal Palace Exposition in London. Abbreviation Expo is first recorded 1963, in reference to planning for the world's fair held in Montreal in 1967.

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