exposition late 14c., "explanation, narration," from O.Fr. esposicion (12c.), from L. expositionem (nom. expositio) "a setting or showing forth," noun of action from pp. stem of exponere (see EXPOUND (Cf. 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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  • EXPOSITION — Les expositions prennent dans la vie culturelle une place toujours plus importante, au point que des réactions apparaissent pour en déplorer les éventuels excès, tenant soit à la saturation du public concerné, soit, en ce qui concerne les… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • exposition — Exposition. s. f. Action, ou l effet de l action par laquelle une chose est exposée en veüe. Il luy fit une exposition fidelle de tous ses biens. l exposition sincere qu il luy en fit fut fort utile à ses pretentions. il en fit l exposition aux… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • exposition — 1 fair, *exhibition, exhibit, show 2 Exposition, exposure, exposé are comparable when they mean a setting forth or laying open of a thing or things hitherto not known or fully understood. Exposition (see also EXHIBITION) often implies a display… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Exposition — Ex po*si tion, n. [L. expositio, fr. exponere, expositum: cf. F. exposition. See {Expound}.] 1. The act of exposing or laying open; a setting out or displaying to public view. [1913 Webster] 2. The act of expounding or of laying open the sense or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Exposition — may refer to*Exposition (literary technique), a tece of dramatic structure in which undepicted plots elements are conveyed in dialogue, description, flashback or narrative *Expository writing, a genre in which the purpose is to inform, explain,… …   Wikipedia

  • exposition — ex‧po‧si‧tion [ˌekspəˈzɪʆn] noun [countable] formal 1. MARKETING a large international show that is open to the public, where new products, especially industrial products, can be seen; = EXHIBITION: • the Enterprise Computing Exposition …   Financial and business terms

  • exposition — [n1] written description account, analysis, annotation, article, comment, commentary, composition, construal, construction, critique, delineation, details, discourse, discussion, disquisition, dissertation, editorial, elucidation, enucleation,… …   New thesaurus

  • exposition — [eks΄pə zish′ən] n. [ME exposicioun < OFr exposition < L expositio < expositus, pp. of exponere: see EXPOUND] 1. a setting forth of facts, ideas, etc.; detailed explanation 2. writing or speaking that sets forth or explains 3. [< Fr]… …   English World dictionary

  • Exposition — (v. lat.), 1) Aussetzung, z.B. Expositĭo infantum, Aussetzung der Kinder (s.d.); 2) Ausstellung; z.B. Expositĭo sanctissĭmi, in der Katholischen Kirche die Ausstellungdes Allerheiligen, s.u. Ausstellung 4); 3) Erklärung, Auslegung; 4) der zweite… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Exposition [1] — Exposition (lat.), Aussetzung, Ausstellung; Lage (z. B. eines Gebäudes nach der Himmelsrichtung); dann Auseinandersetzung, Darlegung, Erklärung, Erörterung (s.d.). Insbesondere im Drama versteht man unter E. die Darstellung der Sachlage, aus der… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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