Essay meaning

ĕsā, ĕ-sā
The definition of an essay is a short piece of writing that expresses information as well as the writer’s opinion.

An example of an essay is a short paper about why smoking is bad for you.

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A written composition of moderate length exploring a particular issue or subject.
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A proposed design for a new postage stamp or piece of paper money.
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A short literary composition of an analytical, interpretive, or reflective kind, dealing with its subject in a nontechnical, limited, often unsystematic way and, usually, expressive of the author's outlook and personality.
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An initial attempt or endeavor, especially a tentative attempt.
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To essay is defined as to try something.

An example of to essay is to ask a date specific questions to see if they are a good match for you.

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(intransitive) To move forth, as into battle.
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To make an attempt at; try.
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(dated) To try.
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(now rare) An attempt.
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A testing or trial of the value or nature of a thing.

An essay of the students' capabilities.

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To subject to a test.
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To test the nature or quality of; try out.
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To try; attempt.
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Origin of essay

  • French essai trial, attempt from Old French from essayer to attempt from Vulgar Latin exagiāre to weigh out from Late Latin exagium a weighing Latin ex- ex- Latin agere to drive ag- in Indo-European roots V., from Middle English assaien from Old French assaer, assaier variant of essayer

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French essai.

    From Wiktionary