Definitions for PARAGRAPHˈpær əˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

par•a•graphˈpær əˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf(n.)

  1. a distinct portion of written or printed matter dealing with a particular idea, beginning on a new line that is usu. indented.

  2. Ref: paragraph mark .

  3. a brief article or notice, as in a newspaper.

  4. (v.t.)to divide into paragraphs.

  5. to write or publish paragraphs about.

Origin of paragraph:

1515–25; earlier paragraphe < Gk paragraphḗ marked passage; see para -1, graph


Princeton's WordNet

  1. paragraph(verb)

    one of several distinct subdivisions of a text intended to separate ideas; the beginning is usually marked by a new indented line

  2. paragraph(verb)

    divide into paragraphs, as of text

    "This story is well paragraphed"

  3. paragraph(verb)

    write about in a paragraph

    "All her friends were paragraphed in last Monday's paper"

  4. paragraph(verb)

    write paragraphs; work as a paragrapher

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. paragraph(noun)ˈpær əˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf

    a section of writing, beginning on a new line and consisting of more than one sentence

    Read the second paragraph and answer these questions.


  1. paragraph(Noun)

    A passage in text that is about a different subject from the preceding text, marked by commencing on a new line, the first line sometimes being indented.

  2. paragraph(Verb)

    To sort text into paragraphs.

  3. Origin: From paragraphe from paragraphus " from παράγραφος, from παρά and γράφω.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Paragraph(noun)

    originally, a marginal mark or note, set in the margin to call attention to something in the text, e. g., a change of subject; now, the character /, commonly used in the text as a reference mark to a footnote, or to indicate the place of a division into sections

  2. Paragraph(noun)

    a distinct part of a discourse or writing; any section or subdivision of a writing or chapter which relates to a particular point, whether consisting of one or many sentences. The division is sometimes noted by the mark /, but usually, by beginning the first sentence of the paragraph on a new line and at more than the usual distance from the margin

  3. Paragraph(noun)

    a brief composition complete in one typographical section or paragraph; an item, remark, or quotation comprised in a few lines forming one paragraph; as, a column of news paragraphs; an editorial paragraph

  4. Paragraph(verb)

    to divide into paragraphs; to mark with the character /

  5. Paragraph(verb)

    to express in the compass of a paragraph; as, to paragraph an article

  6. Paragraph(verb)

    to mention in a paragraph or paragraphs


  1. Paragraph

    A paragraph is a self-contained unit of a discourse in writing dealing with a particular point or idea. A paragraph consists of one or more sentences. Though not required by the syntax of any language, paragraphs are usually an expected part of formal writing, used to organize longer prose.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'PARAGRAPH' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4314

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'PARAGRAPH' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1268

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'PARAGRAPH' in Nouns Frequency: #1276

Translations for PARAGRAPH

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a part of a piece of writing, marked by beginning the first sentence on a new line and usually leaving a short space at the beginning of the line

There are a couple of paragraphs about football on page three of today's paper.

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