Definition of paragraph
1a : 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
paragraphicplay \ˌper-ə-ˈgra-fik, ˌpa-rə-\ adjective
Examples of paragraph in a Sentence
In the second paragraph from the bottom, you've misspelled “their” as “thier.”
Please refer to section 2, paragraph 4 for the appropriate information.
The two introductory paragraphs were written by the editor.
Recent Examples of paragraph from the Web
About half of India’s ten-year-olds cannot read a paragraph meant for seven-year-olds.
Replaces 'companies' with 'communications' in the second paragraph]
Stanford pointed to a three-paragraph online statement on animal research that notes achievements such as the isolation of insulin.
The short, technical paragraph calls for the Internal Revenue Service to allow patients with high-deductible health plans to receive care for chronic diseases, including drugs, before meeting their deductibles.
Such accidents rarely get more than a few paragraphs in the local news.
Here is the paragraph where CMS finds that the customers on the Obamacare exchanges have not been getting sicker:
The dynamics in that paragraph—not the Warriors title—are why the NBA off-season has gone crazy.
Decisions of the Sponsor are final and binding in all matters related to this paragraph.
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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
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of paragraph
1 : to write paragraphs about
2 : to divide into paragraphs
: to write paragraphs
PARAGRAPH Defined for English Language Learners
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
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
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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