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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: compositus, past participle of componere; COMPOUND2


1 adjective
com‧po‧site1 [only before noun]
1 made up of different parts or materials:
The author builds up a useful composite picture of contemporary consumer culture.
composite metals
2 American English a composite drawing or photograph consists of pictures of each separate part of the face put together into one drawing, and is used especially to help catch criminals:
a composite sketch

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