Definitions for Essayˈɛs eɪ or, for 3,5 , ɛˈseɪ; ɛˈseɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

es•sayˈɛs eɪ or, for 3,5 , ɛˈseɪ; ɛˈseɪ(n.; v.)

  1. a short literary composition on a particular theme or subject, usu. in prose and generally analytic, speculative, or interpretative.

    Category: Literature

  2. anything resembling such a composition:

    a picture essay.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. an effort to perform or accomplish something; attempt.

  4. (v.t.)to try; attempt.

  5. to put to the test; make trial of.

Origin of essay:

1475–85; < MF essayer, c. AF assayer to assay< VL *exagiāre, v. der. of LL exagium a weighing =*exag(ere), for L exigere to examine, test

es•say′er(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. essay(noun)

    an analytic or interpretive literary composition

  2. essay(verb)

    a tentative attempt

  3. try, seek, attempt, essay, assay(verb)

    make an effort or attempt

    "He tried to shake off his fears"; "The infant had essayed a few wobbly steps"; "The police attempted to stop the thief"; "He sought to improve himself"; "She always seeks to do good in the world"

  4. test, prove, try, try out, examine, essay(verb)

    put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to

    "This approach has been tried with good results"; "Test this recipe"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. essay(noun)ˈɛs eɪ or, for 3,5, ɛˈseɪ; v. ɛˈseɪ

    a piece of intellectual writing to be published

    Mark Twain's essay on Benjamin Franklin

  2. essayˈɛs eɪ or, for 3,5, ɛˈseɪ; v. ɛˈseɪ

    a paper written by a student

    ***a 750-word essay

Wiktionary

  1. essay(Noun)

    A written composition of moderate length exploring a particular issue or subject.

  2. essay(Noun)

    A test, experiment; an assay.

  3. essay(Noun)

    An attempt.

  4. essay(Verb)

    To try.

  5. essay(Verb)

    To move forth, as into battle.

  6. Origin: From essai.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Essay(noun)

    an effort made, or exertion of body or mind, for the performance of anything; a trial; attempt; as, to make an essay to benefit a friend

  2. Essay(noun)

    a composition treating of any particular subject; -- usually shorter and less methodical than a formal, finished treatise; as, an essay on the life and writings of Homer; an essay on fossils, or on commerce

  3. Essay(noun)

    an assay. See Assay, n

  4. Essay(noun)

    to exert one's power or faculties upon; to make an effort to perform; to attempt; to endeavor; to make experiment or trial of; to try

  5. Essay(noun)

    to test the value and purity of (metals); to assay. See Assay

Freebase

  1. Essay

    An essay is a piece of writing which is often written from an author's personal point of view. Essays can consist of a number of elements, including: literary criticism, political manifestos, learned arguments, observations of daily life, recollections, and reflections of the author. The definition of an essay is vague, overlapping with those of an article and a short story. Almost all modern essays are written in prose, but works in verse have been dubbed essays. While brevity usually defines an essay, voluminous works like John Locke's An Essay Concerning Human Understanding and Thomas Malthus's An Essay on the Principle of Population are counterexamples. In some countries, essays have become a major part of formal education. Secondary students are taught structured essay formats to improve their writing skills, and admission essays are often used by universities in selecting applicants and, in the humanities and social sciences, as a way of assessing the performance of students during final exams. The concept of an "essay" has been extended to other mediums beyond writing. A film essay is a movie that often incorporates documentary film making styles and which focuses more on the evolution of a theme or an idea. A photographic essay is an attempt to cover a topic with a linked series of photographs; it may or may not have an accompanying text or captions.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Essay' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3685

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Essay' in Nouns Frequency: #1621

Anagrams of Essay

  1. eyass


Translations for Essay

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

essay(noun)

a written composition; a piece of written prose

The examination consists of four essays; Write an essay on/about your holiday.

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