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

Other Words from exposition

expositional \ ˌek-​spə-​ˈzish-​nəl How to pronounce exposition (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
Recent Examples on the Web Hatcher has kept the play in its original period — 1950s London — but has trimmed some of the outdated language and tightened up overlong speeches of plot exposition. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 July 2022 Mann and Gardiner dramatize these characters’ pasts not through lengthy exposition but through — what else? — a series of spectacular, suspenseful set pieces. New York Times, 20 July 2022 However, there are moments when the book has too much exposition that detracts from the romance. Usa Today Staff, USA TODAY, 10 July 2022 This is followed by a clunky bit of exposition introducing Maisie (voiced by Zaris-Angel Hator), a young orphan who idolizes hunters, endlessly reads about them, and can’t wait to become one. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, 7 July 2022 The new Eiffel Tower, emblematic and controversial, sat at the exposition’s entranceway. Stuart Isacoff, WSJ, 17 June 2022 In the Brera Design District, the heart of the whole citywide exposition, installations burst with innovative creations and bustled with the energy of insatiable attendees. David Graver, Vogue, 14 June 2022 Gunmakers will also show off their products at an exposition. David Goldman, CNN, 27 May 2022 Status: Plans for the 1992 fair died on June 20, 1985 — though the exposition was not officially canceled until 1987. Kori Rumore, Chicago Tribune, 13 May 2022 See More

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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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“Exposition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exposition. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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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