noun \ˈtekst\

: the original words of a piece of writing or a speech

: the words that make up the main part of a book, magazine, newspaper, Web site, etc.

: a book or other piece of writing; especially : one that is studied

Full Definition of TEXT

a (1) :  the original words and form of a written or printed work (2) :  an edited or emended copy of an original work
b :  a work containing such text
a :  the main body of printed or written matter on a page
b :  the principal part of a book exclusive of front and back matter
c :  the printed score of a musical composition
a (1) :  a verse or passage of Scripture chosen especially for the subject of a sermon or for authoritative support (as for a doctrine) (2) :  a passage from an authoritative source providing an introduction or basis (as for a speech)
b :  a source of information or authority
:  theme, topic
a :  the words of something (as a poem) set to music
b :  matter chiefly in the form of words or symbols that is treated as data for processing by computerized equipment <text-editing software>
:  a type suitable for printing running text
:  textbook
a :  something (as a story or movie) considered as an object to be examined, explicated, or deconstructed
b :  something likened to a text <the surfaces of daily life are texts to be explicated — Michiko Kakutani>
:  frame of reference 2 <updated to fit the women's lib text for consciousness raising — Judith Crist>
:  text message <sent a text with the details>

Examples of TEXT

  1. A good critic will refer back to the text often.
  2. You can find the full text of his speech on his Web site.
  3. the text of the Constitution
  4. The book is mostly photographs—it has very little text.
  5. At this point the Web site is only text. Graphics will be added later.
  6. Students will read and discuss various literary texts.

Origin of TEXT

Middle English, from Anglo-French tiste, texte, from Medieval Latin textus, from Latin, texture, context, from texere to weave — more at technical
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody

Rhymes with TEXT



: to send someone a text message

Full Definition of TEXT

transitive verb
:  to send a text message from one cell phone to another
intransitive verb
:  to communicate by text messaging
text·er noun

Examples of TEXT

  1. I texted her a little while ago.
  2. I texted a message to her.
  3. She just texted me back.

First Known Use of TEXT



May 25, 2015
callithump Hear it
a noisy boisterous band or parade
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears