Types of Papers: Definition/Define
To write a definition essay, you’ll need to define a word that:
- has a complex meaning
- is disputable (could mean different things to different people)
It wouldn't be wise to choose a word like "cat" for a definition essay. The word, "cat" has a pretty simple meaning, so we'll have trouble writing an entire essay about it. Similarly, not many people disagree over the definition of the word "cat," which means our definition will be short and ordinary.
What about choosing to define the word, “family”? Let’s check it out!
- Does it have a complex meaning? Yes, I could discuss the different types of families that exist in my community.
- Is the word disputable? Yes, I could explain that even though the other women on my sports team aren't blood relatives, they are a kind of family.
- Optional: Could I discuss the word's origin in a meaningful way? Yes, look up the word’s origin in the Oxford English Dictionary for additional essay ideas!