[ dih-skrip-shuhn ]
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  1. a statement, picture in words, or account that describes; descriptive representation.

  2. the act or method of describing.

  1. sort; kind; variety: dogs of every description.

  2. Geometry. the act or process of describing a figure.

Origin of description

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English descripcioun, from Latin dēscrīptiōn-, stem of dēscrīptiō, from dēscrīpt(us) “described” (past participle of dēscrībere “to copy, draw, transcribe”; see describe) + -iō -ion

Other words for description

Other words from description

  • pre·de·scrip·tion, noun
  • re·de·scrip·tion, noun
  • self-de·scrip·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use description in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for description


/ (dɪˈskrɪpʃən) /

  1. a statement or account that describes; representation in words

  2. the act, process, or technique of describing

  1. sort, kind, or variety: reptiles of every description

  2. geometry the act of drawing a line or figure, such as an arc

  3. philosophy a noun phrase containing a predicate that may replace a name as the subject of a sentence

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Other Idioms and Phrases with description


see beggar description.

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