Definition of paragraph noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈpærəɡrɑːf//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpærəɡræf//
(abbreviation par., para.)
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a section of a piece of writing, usually consisting of several sentences dealing with a single subject. The first sentence of a paragraph starts on a new line. an opening/introductory paragraph Write a paragraph on each of the topics given below. See paragraph 15 of the handbook. Word Originlate 15th cent.: from French paragraphe, via medieval Latin from Greek paragraphos ‘short stroke marking a break in sense’, from para- ‘beside’ + graphein ‘write’.Extra examples Start each paragraph on a new line. The identity of the murderer is revealed in the very last paragraph. This is the key paragraph in the article. a paragraph about the writer’s reaction to his mother’s death Debt restructuring is permitted by virtue of paragraph 1.4.(iii). The opening paragraph sets the scene very well.
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