Paragraph definition

părə-grăf
Frequency:
A brief article, notice, or announcement, as in a newspaper.
noun
20
3
A distinct division of written or printed matter that begins on a new, usually indented line, consists of one or more sentences, and typically deals with a single thought or topic or quotes one speaker's continuous words.
noun
16
2
To divide or arrange into paragraphs.
verb
12
1
A mark (¶) used to indicate where a new paragraph should begin or to serve as a reference mark.
noun
11
1
To separate or arrange in paragraphs.
verb
6
1
Advertisement
A distinct section or subdivision of a chapter, letter, etc., usually dealing with a particular point: it is begun on a new line, often indented.
noun
2
0
A brief article, item, or note in a newspaper or magazine.
noun
2
1
To mention in a paragraph or paragraphs.
verb
2
1
A passage in text that is about a different subject from the preceding text, marked by commencing on a new line, the first line sometimes being indented.
noun
2
1
The definition of a paragraph is a clear section of a written or printed work that contains one thought and normally begins on a new line.

An example of paragraph is the first section of a book's first chapter.

noun
1
0
Advertisement
(originally) A mark or note set in the margin to call attention to something in the text, such as a change of subject.
noun
1
0
To sort text into paragraphs.
verb
1
0
A mark (¶) used as by proofreaders to indicate the beginning of a paragraph or as a sign marking material referred to elsewhere.
noun
2
2
To write paragraphs, esp. for a newspaper.
verb
2
3
(1) In word processing and text editing, a paragraph is a collection of words and sentences that contain an end-of-line character (return, line feed or both) at the end. From the viewpoint of the software, even a single word followed by a return is a paragraph. See CR/LF.
1
2
Advertisement

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
paragraph
Plural:
paragraphs

Origin of paragraph

  • Middle English paragraf from Old French paragrafe from Medieval Latin paragraphus from Greek paragraphos line showing a break in sense or a change of speakers in a dialogue from paragraphein to write beside para- beside para–1 graphein to write gerbh- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Middle French paragraphe from Latin paragraphus (“sign for start of a new section of discourse”) " from Ancient Greek παράγραφος (paragraphos), from παρά (para, “beside”) and γράφω (graphō, “I write”).

    From Wiktionary