rect·​an·​gle ˈrek-ˌtaŋ-gəl How to pronounce rectangle (audio)
: a parallelogram all of whose angles are right angles
especially : one with adjacent sides of unequal length

Examples of rectangle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, repeat with remaining rectangle of dough, rerolling scraps up to two times. 5. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 27 Nov. 2023 Generously sprinkle powdered sugar over dough, and place a piece of parchment paper over rectangle. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 16 Nov. 2023 Each rectangle represents one water system, sized by population served. Agnel Philip, ProPublica, 6 Nov. 2023 Doubling down on this conundrum, the next year Ruscha painted a portrait of the collage on a six-foot canvas, replicating the blue rectangle, green polygon, tattered Orphan Annie, white space, serif letters, befuddling comma. Susan Tallman, The New York Review of Books, 2 Nov. 2023 So in organizational terms this show is a milestone, with dozens of classic foggy rectangles bookended by Rothko’s early city scenes (sweet but not special) and late color-free abstractions (truly underrated). Jason Farago, New York Times, 25 Oct. 2023 The lobster agnolotti, topped with a shaving of truffle and a tiny claw, is Finigan’s signature, but my favorite was her love letter to the summer barbecue: a perfectly rare rectangle of steak with a dollop of chimichurri, served atop a yellow heirloom tomato and beside a spoonful of charred corn. Hannah Selinger, Travel + Leisure, 20 Sep. 2023 Brush edges of both pastry rectangles with egg wash, and fold in half lengthwise over filling, creating 2 (15- x 6-inch) rectangles, and crimp edges with a fork to seal. Jasmine Smith, Southern Living, 15 Nov. 2023 Each steel rectangle, 11 by 19 cm (roughly 4 by 7.5 in), has a square hole, and is engraved with the person’s name and profession and their dates of arrest, internment, or execution, and formal rehabilitation. Kevin Liffey, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


Medieval Latin rectangulus having a right angle, from Latin rectus right + angulus angle — more at right, angle

First Known Use

circa 1560, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rectangle was circa 1560

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Cite this Entry

“Rectangle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


rect·​an·​gle ˈrek-ˌtaŋ-gəl How to pronounce rectangle (audio)
: a four-sided polygon that has four right angles and each pair of opposite sides parallel and of the same length

from Latin rectangulus "having a right angle," from earlier Latin rectus "right" and angulus "angle"

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