noun par·a·graph \ˈper-ə-ˌgraf, ˈpa-rə-\

: a part of a piece of writing that usually deals with one subject, that begins on a new line, and that is made up of one or more sentences

Full Definition of PARAGRAPH

a :  a subdivision of a written composition that consists of one or more sentences, deals with one point or gives the words of one speaker, and begins on a new usually indented line
b :  a short composition or note that is complete in one paragraph
:  a character (as ¶) used to indicate the beginning of a paragraph and as a reference mark
par·a·graph·ic \ˌper-ə-ˈgra-fik, ˌpa-rə-\ adjective

Examples of PARAGRAPH

  1. In the second paragraph from the bottom, you've misspelled their as thier.
  2. Please refer to section 2, paragraph 4 for the appropriate information.
  3. The two introductory paragraphs were written by the editor.


Middle English paragraf marginal sign marking a paragraph, from Anglo-French parogref, from Medieval Latin paragraphus, from Greek paragraphos line used to mark change of persons in a dialogue, from paragraphein to write alongside, from para- + graphein to write — more at carve
First Known Use: 1525

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

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Definition of PARAGRAPH

transitive verb
:  to write paragraphs about
:  to divide into paragraphs
intransitive verb
:  to write paragraphs

First Known Use of PARAGRAPH

PARAGRAPHIC Defined for Kids


noun para·graph \ˈper-ə-ˌgraf\

Definition of PARAGRAPH for Kids

:  a part of a piece of writing that is made up of one or more sentences and has to do with one topic or gives the words of one speaker


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