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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English exposicioun, from Old French esposicion, from Latin expositio, from exponere (to put forth).


exposition (countable and uncountable, plural expositions)

  1. The action of exposing something to something, such as skin to the sunlight.
  2. (authorship) The act or process of declaring or describing something through either speech or writing; the portions and aspects of a piece of writing that exist mainly to describe the setting, characters and other non-plot elements.
    This essay has too much exposition in it.
    My reviewer said she couldn't picture the setting for my story, so I'm improving the exposition.
  3. (obsolete) The act of expulsion, or being expelled, from a place.
  4. An event at which goods, artwork and cultural displays are exhibited for the public to view.
    The first prototype was unveiled at an exposition.
  5. (authorship) An essay or speech in which any topic is discussed in detail.
    I turned my research into an exposition on the traditional music of Borneo.
  6. (authorship) An opening section in fiction, in which background information about the characters, events or setting is conveyed.
  7. (music) The opening section of a movement in sonata form; the opening section of a fugue.
  8. The abandonment of an unwanted child.

Etymology 2Edit

From French exposition (exhibition)


exposition (countable and uncountable, plural expositions)

  1. The action of putting something out to public view; for example in a display or show.
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French Wikipedia has an article on:
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From Old French esposicion, borrowed from Latin expositio, expositionem.


  • IPA(key): /ɛk.spo.zi.sjɔ̃/
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exposition f (plural expositions)

  1. exposition
  2. exhibition
  3. exposure

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