Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “composition”

See all translations

composition

noun
 
 
/ˌkɒmpəˈzɪʃən/
PARTS [U] the parts, substances, etc that something consists of: the composition of the atmosphereComprising and consisting ofIncluding and containing
MUSIC [C] B2 a piece of music that someone has written: The children played their own compositions in the concert.Musical pieces
WRITING MUSIC [U] the process or skill of writing music: He taught composition at Yale.Writing, reading and studying music
WRITING [C, U] B1 a short piece of writing about a particular subject, done by a studentPapers and compositions
ARRANGEMENT [U] the way that people or things are arranged in a painting or photographClassifying and creating orderRepresentation in art and in general
(Definition of composition from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “composition” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

bauble

a piece of bright but cheap jewellery

Word of the Day

Party Talk (The language of party chat)

by Kate Woodford,
December 23, 2014
​​​ With the party season in full swing (= at its busiest now), we consider the language of socializing (= enjoying yourself with other people). We’re looking especially at words and phrases which are used to describe the different ways that people behave at a party and the sort of conversations that party

Read More 

tweleb noun

December 22, 2014
informal a Twitter celebrity; (more specifically, someone who has more than 1,000 followers on Twitter) There were a few old and a few new faces, including a tweleb or two. Expect to see and hear more from these cool kids.

Read More