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From con- +‎ positiō. In at least some senses, a calque of Ancient Greek σύνθεσις (súnthesis).



compositiō f (genitive compositiōnis); third declension

  1. arrangement, combination
  2. union
  3. agreement, pact
  4. mixture (medicine)
  5. composition (music, prose)
  6. (Medieval Latin) composure (temperament)
  7. (Medieval Latin) money paid as amends or to reach a settlement


Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative compositiō compositiōnēs
Genitive compositiōnis compositiōnum
Dative compositiōnī compositiōnibus
Accusative compositiōnem compositiōnēs
Ablative compositiōne compositiōnibus
Vocative compositiō compositiōnēs



  • compositio”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • compositio”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • compositio in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • compositio in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • the structure of the sentence: compositio, structura verborum
  • compositio in Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften (1967– ) Mittellateinisches Wörterbuch, Munich: C.H. Beck
  • Niermeyer, Jan Frederik (1976), “compositio”, in Mediae Latinitatis Lexicon Minus, Leiden, Boston: E. J. Brill
  • compositio in Ramminger, Johann (accessed 16 July 2016) Neulateinische Wortliste: Ein Wörterbuch des Lateinischen von Petrarca bis 1700[2], pre-publication website, 2005-2016