par·​al·​lel·​o·​gram | \ ˌper-ə-ˈle-lə-ˌgram How to pronounce parallelogram (audio) , ˌpa-rə- \

Definition of parallelogram

: a quadrilateral with opposite sides parallel and equal

Examples of parallelogram in a Sentence

Rectangles, squares, and rhombuses are all parallelograms.
Recent Examples on the Web The tower would gradually widen at the northeast and southwest corners, transitioning from an efficient rectangle at the base to an expansive parallelogram at the top. Ryan Ori,, "A Helmut Jahn-designed tower — the largest condo building launched in Chicago since the recession — breaks ground on South Michigan Avenue next week," 16 Oct. 2019 About all there is to the constellation Lyra is the bright star Vega, which shines very high in the southeastern sky, with four dimmer stars forming a lopsided rectangle, or parallelogram, just to the lower left of Vega. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, "Sky Watch: Lyra the Lyre may be a small constellation, but it has a big story," 18 Aug. 2019 Vega and a small faint parallelogram below it are supposed to outline a celestial harp. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, "Sky Watch: There are many delights to be found in August’s evening skies," 4 Aug. 2019 Vega and a small parallelogram of fainter stars to the lower right is all there is to Lyra. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, "Sky Watch: The great Summer Triangle will take you places," 21 July 2019 The pattern of creases forms a tessellation of parallelograms, and the whole structure collapses and unfolds in a single motion — providing an elegant way to fold a map. Quanta Magazine, "The Atomic Theory of Origami," 31 Oct. 2017 Instead of the standard 90-degree angles found in many houses, the building uses the parallelogram shape and features a single right angle in its design. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired ‘parallelogram’ house asks $560K," 3 Dec. 2018 While Wright used intersecting parallelograms to make modestly-sized homes like the 1,900-square-foot Kraus House seem more spacious, this property takes the same idea and applies it to a sprawling 4,932 square feet. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired ‘parallelogram’ house asks $560K," 3 Dec. 2018 Studies further indicate that parting one’s hair is a lost art; far too many men comb their hair in a style that resembles a parallelogram. Joe Queenan, WSJ, "Grungy and Unkempt in the U.S.A.," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of parallelogram

1570, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for parallelogram

Late Latin or Greek; Late Latin parallelogrammum, from Greek parallēlogrammon, from neuter of parallēlogrammos bounded by parallel lines, from parallēlos + grammē line, from graphein to write — more at carve

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The first known use of parallelogram was in 1570

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“Parallelogram.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of parallelogram

geometry : a four-sided shape made up of two pairs of straight parallel lines that are equal in length


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Kids Definition of parallelogram

: a plane figure with four sides whose opposite sides are parallel and equal

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