term paper


: a major written assignment in a school or college course representative of a student's achievement during a term

Example Sentences

I have a term paper due next week.
Recent Examples on the Web Without a required summer reading list or term paper due, picking up a book (print, audio, or e-book) is just not happening. Theodore Mcdarrah, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 No one, after all, loves the professor who grades the term paper or final essay. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 14 May 2022 The concept was spelled out in a term paper during his time at Yale University. Paul Ziobro, WSJ, 28 Mar. 2022 The syllabus had assignments laid out for each day until Christmas break, naming times and places for midterms and a large term paper as well. Kendra James, Town & Country, 27 Jan. 2022 To answer this question, students will conduct a psych study on themselves and write a term paper outlining their conclusions. Hannah Rowen, The New Yorker, 6 Nov. 2021 FedEx founder Fred Smith, who came up with the idea for his company while writing a term paper at Yale. Matt Durot, Forbes, 17 Oct. 2021 New Jersey holdings in Unilever total approximately $182 million in stocks, bonds and short-term paper, according to the Treasury Department. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 16 Sep. 2021 Notwithstanding the numerous theories put forth in your impassioned term paper, the skull? Simon Webster, The New Yorker, 10 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of term paper was in 1873

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“Term paper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/term%20paper. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

term paper


: a major written assignment in a school or college course involving a student's individual research and study in a subject area
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