Definitions for essay

essay es·say

Spelling: [noun es-ey for 1, 2; es-ey, e- Essay is a 5 letter English word. It's valid Scrabble word worth 8 points. It's valid Words with friends word worth 7 points.

You can make 39 anagrams from letters in essay (aessy).

Definitions for essay


  1. a short literary composition on a particular theme or subject, usually in prose and generally analytic, speculative, or interpretative.
  2. anything resembling such a composition:
  3. an effort to perform or accomplish something; attempt.
  4. Philately. a design for a proposed stamp differing in any way from the design of the stamp as issued.
  5. Obsolete. a tentative effort; trial; assay.

verb (used with object)

  1. to try; attempt.
  2. to put to the test; make trial of.

Origin of essay

1475-85; Middle French essayer, cognate with Anglo-French assayer to assay Late Latin exagium a weighing, equivalent to *exag(ere), for Latin exigere to examine, tes

Examples for essay

And if they essay to do so, why should not my word be at least as weighty as theirs?

Her own muddled feelings of confusion, shame, and fear are what make the essay great and what make the essay her story.

On his return, he wrote an essay on the subject, which was published in 1754.

Nolte could not locate a “Barry” that fit the details listed in Dunham's essay.

The current attack on the Jews,” he wrote in a 1937 essay, “targets not just this people of 15 million but mankind as such.

In “Barry,” an essay in Not That Kind of Girl, Dunham describes being sexually assaulted.

At last in desperation you embody it in a poem, an essay, a story.

Someone recently sent me an old Joan Didion essay on self-respect that appeared in Vogue.

This essay is quite as significant for what it has not said as for what it has said.

As might be expected in a first essay, the drawing is now over-minute, now too loose.

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