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Definition of essay noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1essay (on something) a short piece of writing by a student as part of a course of study an essay on the causes of the First World War
  2. 2essay (on something) a short piece of writing on a particular subject, written in order to be published The book contains a number of interesting essays on women in society.
  3. 3essay (in something) (formal) an attempt to do something His first essay in politics was a complete disaster.
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