agony column

noun

Definition of agony column

1 chiefly British : a newspaper column of personal advertisements relating especially to missing relatives or friends
2 chiefly British : a newspaper column that includes letters from readers seeking personal advice and the columnist's replies

Recent Examples of agony column from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'agony column.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of agony column

1854

in the meaning defined at sense 1

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up agony column? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a lighting electrician on a movie set

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Eponym Quiz

  • rubens-painting
  • Which is the best synonym of bowdlerize?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!