composition Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “composition” in the English Dictionary

"composition" in British English

See all translations


uk   /ˌkɒm.pəˈzɪʃ.ən/  us   /ˌkɑːm-/

composition noun (MUSIC/ART)

B2 [C] a ​piece of ​music that someone has written: This ​concerto is one of her ​earlier/​later compositions.C2 [U] the ​process or ​skill of writing ​music: At ​musicschool I ​studiedpiano and composition.C2 [C] the way that ​people or things are ​arranged in a ​painting or ​photograph: a ​group composition

composition noun (PIECE OF WRITING)

B1 [C or U] old-fashioned a ​shortpiece of writing about a ​particularsubject, done by a ​student: a 200-word composition

composition noun (FORMED FROM)

C2 [U] the ​parts, ​substances, etc. that something is made of: the composition of the ​atmosphere
(Definition of composition from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"composition" in American English

See all translations


 us   /ˌkɑm·pəˈzɪʃ·ən/

composition noun (WRITING)

art, literature, music [C/U] something that a ​person has ​created or written, esp. a ​text, a ​work of ​art, or a ​piece of ​music, or the ​act of ​creating or writing something: [C] a composition for ​piano and ​flute [C] In ​school we had to write a composition (= ​shortpiece of writing) on ​ourfavorite TV ​programs.

composition noun (MIXTURE)

[U] the ​mixture of things or ​people that are ​combined to ​form something: the composition of the ​atmosphere The composition of the city’s ​population has ​changeddramatically in the past 20 ​years.
(Definition of composition from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"composition" in Business English

See all translations


uk   us   /ˌkɒmpəˈzɪʃən/
[U] the way in which the ​parts of something are ​arranged: the composition of sth The ​company said it ​plans to ​change the composition of its ​board of ​directors, ​creating a ​board composed predominantly of ​independentdirectors.
[U] PRODUCTION a ​manufacturedmaterial made of more than one substance: Composition tiles have ​replaced asbestos tiles in ​publicbuildings.
[C, usually singular] LAW an ​agreement in which someone who ​owesmoneypays less than is ​owed, in ​order to ​settle the ​debt more quickly: make a composition with sb If a ​person has at any ​time been made ​bankrupt or has made a composition with ​creditors, he is ​disqualified from being ​appointed as a ​trustee of the ​charity.
(Definition of composition from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of composition?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“composition” in American English

“composition” in Business English

More meanings of “composition”

Word of the Day


showing no fear of dangerous or difficult things

Word of the Day

Calling occupants of interplanetary craft
Calling occupants of interplanetary craft
by Colin McIntosh,
December 01, 2015
Are you a fan of shows like Doctor Who and Star Trek? Both shows have been around since the 1960s, and, not surprisingly, have generated some of their own vocabulary, some of which has now entered the Cambridge English Dictionary. The phenomenon of fandom, meaning “the state of being a fan of

Read More 

conversational user interface noun
conversational user interface noun
November 30, 2015
a computer interface that provides information to users in normal, conversational speech in response to spoken requests Nearly every major tech company—from Amazon to Intel to Microsoft to Google—is chasing the sort of conversational user interface that Kaplan and his colleagues at PARC imagined decades ago.

Read More