Meaning of “composition” in the English Dictionary

"composition" in British English

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uk /ˌkɒm.pəˈzɪʃ.ən/ us /ˌkɑːm.pəˈzɪʃ.ən/

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 music school I studied piano 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 short piece of writing about a particular subject, done by a student:

a 200-word composition

(Definition of “composition” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"composition" in American English

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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 (= short piece of writing) on our favorite 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 changed dramatically in the past 20 years.

(Definition of “composition” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"composition" in Business English

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uk /ˌkɒmpəˈzɪʃən/ us

[ 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 independent directors.

[ U ] PRODUCTION a manufactured material made of more than one substance:

Composition tiles have replaced asbestos tiles in public buildings.

[ C, usually singular ] LAW an agreement in which someone who owes money pays 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)