ex·​po·​si·​tion | \ ˌek-spə-ˈzi-shən How to pronounce exposition (audio) \

Definition of exposition

1 : a setting forth of the meaning or purpose (as of a writing)
2a : discourse or an example of it designed to convey information or explain what is difficult to understand
b(1) : the first part of a musical composition in sonata form in which the thematic material of the movement is presented
(2) : the opening section of a fugue
3 : a public exhibition or show

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Other Words from exposition

expositional \ ˌek-​spə-​ˈzish-​nəl How to pronounce expositional (audio) , -​ˈzi-​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

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Examples of exposition in a Sentence

This is not an easy book, and the reader may find the layers of detail challenging. There are long expositions of the knotty tangles of monarchical lineage, and the necessary chronicle of historical events occasionally consumes the novel's narrative drive. — Lucy Lethbridge, Commonweal, 23 Oct. 2009 He is masterly in absorbing information and masterful in organizing it—skeptical of fashion, clear in exposition, fluent in communication, unremittingly scholarly. — Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, New York Times Book Review, 11 June 2000 Although they were invited to use an early X ray machine on display at the exposition, they turned down the offer, and they never found the bullet. — T. Burton Smith, American Heritage, September 1992 The subject requires some exposition. a clear exposition of his ideas
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Recent Examples on the Web That breakdown is achieved in Schoenberg’s Third String Quartet (1927), even as the exposition and development of musical ideas obey classical rigor. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Two Thriving String Quartets," 10 Nov. 2020 In November of that year, two Minneapolis businessmen opened a large roller rink that also served as an exposition hall capable of seating up to 4,000 people. Larry Millett, Star Tribune, "One of the quirkiest buildings in downtown Minneapolis began as a roller rink," 6 Nov. 2020 Election Day is Tuesday, and the exposition center is one of the city's polling places. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Why weren't armed people arrested at 'Trump train' rally at school? Here's what police say," 2 Nov. 2020 As the hundredth anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, 1876 was a banner year for America — a nationwide celebration with a full fifth of the country's population descending on Philadelphia for the centennial exposition. CBS News, "Voter fraud, suppression and partisanship: A look back at the 1876 election," 25 Oct. 2020 In Utah, leaders are trying to open a field hospital at an exposition center. Author: William Wan, Jacqueline Dupree, Anchorage Daily News, "America is poised to enter into its worst stretch yet of the pandemic," 23 Oct. 2020 Amy Seimetz, too, lends much greater sincerity to her role, as Thomas' distraught wife, than exists on the page; her deft navigation of some particularly heavy-handed, exposition-laden dialogue is genuinely admirable work. Mary Sollosi, EW.com, "The Secrets We Keep is a contrived but well-acted thriller: Review," 17 Sep. 2020 Praise the Lord and pass the exposition! Adapted from a New Zealand series by showrunner-director Tate Taylor (Grace and Frankie, Ma), Filthy Rich puts a promising number of absurd storylines in motion in the first three episodes. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, "Thou shalt not feel guilty for watching Filthy Rich: Review," 18 Sep. 2020 At the Moon Palace resort just south of Cancun, hundreds of guests from Moon Palace hotels on Cozumel, Isla Mujeres and beachfront rooms were being moved into a hurricane shelter at the resort's large exposition center. Star Tribune, "Hurricane Delta now Category 4, roars at Mexico's Yucatan," 6 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of exposition

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for exposition

see exposit

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The first known use of exposition was in the 14th century

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18 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Exposition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exposition. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of exposition

formal : the act of explaining something : clear explanation
: a public show or exhibition


ex·​po·​si·​tion | \ ˌek-spə-ˈzi-shən How to pronounce exposition (audio) \

Kids Definition of exposition

1 : an explanation of something
2 : a public exhibition

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