jux·​ta·​po·​si·​tion ˌjək-stə-pə-ˈzi-shən How to pronounce juxtaposition (audio)
: the act or an instance of placing two or more things side by side often to compare or contrast or to create an interesting effect
an unusual juxtaposition of colors
also : the state of being so placed
contrasting shapes placed in juxtaposition to each other
 How to pronounce juxtaposition (audio)

Examples of juxtaposition in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In juxtaposition, the softness of the skirt flowed behind her into a train. Genevieve Cepeda, Peoplemag, 16 Nov. 2023 Cabinets were studies in juxtaposition, and the exhibition operates on the same principle. Anne Wallentine, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Nov. 2023 While the pre-fall 2023 suit was also styled with metallic gold shoes on the runway, swapping a boot for a summery sandal creates a dynamic juxtaposition with Theron’s wintery suit, and gives a lighthearted twist on an outfit that could’ve walked straight off the runway as is. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 2 Nov. 2023 For centrists in the CDU, that verbal juxtaposition of their party with the radical right is chilling. Liana Fix, Foreign Affairs, 10 Oct. 2023 This juxtaposition creates an unexpected, calming oasis within the hustle and bustle of the big city. Maria Sabella, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 Sep. 2023 The juxtaposition of two articles can best be described as comically horrifying. WSJ, 30 Oct. 2023 The juxtaposition of the two developments still comes with a sense of foreboding. Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Oct. 2023 In typical trap fashion, which revels in the pleasures of excess, the Puerto Rican trap star manages to maneuver the juxtaposition of raunch, vulnerability and desire across a dozen tracks. Ingrid Fajardo, Billboard, 27 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


Latin juxta near + English position — more at joust

First Known Use

1654, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of juxtaposition was in 1654

Dictionary Entries Near juxtaposition

Cite this Entry

“Juxtaposition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/juxtaposition. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


jux·​ta·​po·​si·​tion ˌjək-stə-pə-ˈzish-ən How to pronounce juxtaposition (audio)
: the act or an instance of placing two or more things side by side
also : the state of being so placed
juxtapose transitive verb
juxtaposed; juxtaposing
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