Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “composition”

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)
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Comprising and consisting of, but you might be interested in these topics from the Including and excluding topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “composition” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

shadow

an area of darkness, caused by light being blocked by something

Word of the Day

Highly delighted, bitterly disappointed, ridiculously cheap: adverbs for emphasis.

by Liz Walter,
October 22, 2014
We often make adjectives stronger by putting an adverb in front of them. The most common ones are very and, for a stronger meaning, extremely: He was very pleased. The ship is extremely large. However, we don’t use very or extremely for adjectives that already have a strong meaning, for example fantastic,

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More