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paragraph

noun par·a·graph \ ˈper-ə-ˌgraf , ˈpa-rə- \
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

Definition of paragraph

1 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
  • The introductory paragraphs were written by the editor.
b : a short composition or note that is complete in one paragraph
2 : a character (such as ¶) used to indicate the beginning of a paragraph and as a reference mark

paragraphic

play \ˌper-ə-ˈgra-fik, ˌpa-rə-\ adjective

Examples of paragraph in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of paragraph from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of paragraph

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

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms


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paragraph

verb

Definition of paragraph

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

Origin and Etymology of paragraph


PARAGRAPH Defined for English Language Learners

paragraph

noun

Definition of paragraph for English Language Learners

  • : 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


PARAGRAPH Defined for Kids

paragraph

noun para·graph \ ˈper-ə-ˌgraf \

Definition of paragraph for Students

: 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

Law Dictionary

paragraph

noun para·graph

legal Definition of paragraph

: a distinct often numbered or otherwise designated section of a document or writing (as a statute or pleading)


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