noun de·scrip·tion \di-ˈskrip-shən\

: a statement that tells you how something or someone looks, sounds, etc. : words that describe something or someone

: type or kind

Full Definition of DESCRIPTION

a :  an act of describing; specifically :  discourse intended to give a mental image of something experienced
b :  a descriptive statement or account
:  kind or character especially as determined by salient features <opposed to any tax of so radical a description>


  1. Reporters called the scene a disaster area, and I think that was an accurate description.
  2. I applied for the position after reading the job description.
  3. a writer with a gift of description


Middle English descripcioun, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin description-, descriptio, from describere
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of DESCRIPTION

type, kind, sort, nature, description, character mean a number of individuals thought of as a group because of a common quality or qualities. type may suggest strong and clearly marked similarity throughout the items included so that each is typical of the group <one of three basic body types>. kind may suggest natural grouping <a zoo seemingly having animals of every kind>. sort often suggests some disparagement <the sort of newspaper dealing in sensational stories>. nature may imply inherent, essential resemblance rather than obvious or superficial likenesses <two problems of a similar nature>. description implies a group marked by agreement in all details belonging to a type as described or defined <not all acts of that description are actually illegal>. character implies a group marked by distinctive likenesses peculiar to the type <research on the subject so far has been of an elementary character>.
DESCRIPTION Defined for Kids


noun de·scrip·tion \di-ˈskrip-shən\

Definition of DESCRIPTION for Kids

:  a written or spoken statement about something that enables a reader or listener to picture it <I recognized the place from your description of it.>
:  1sort 1, kind <People of every description were there.>


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