verb (used with object)
Origin of essay
Examples from the Web for essay
Someone recently sent me an old Joan Didion essay on self-respect that appeared in Vogue.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination|Mindy Farabee|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In “Barry,” an essay in Not That Kind of Girl, Dunham describes being sexually assaulted.
Nolte could not locate a “Barry” that fit the details listed in Dunham's essay.
Her own muddled feelings of confusion, shame, and fear are what make the essay great and what make the essay her story.
The book really came to be because that essay finally came to be.Meghan Daum On Tackling The Unspeakable Parts Of Life|David Yaffe|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He then acknowledged that the notion of "a methodical regularity" in the Essay on Criticism was a "groundless opinion."The Works of Alexander Pope, Volume 2 (of 10)|Alexander Pope
The Royal Academy of Berlin, offered in 1818, a prize of 3300 francs, for an essay on this topic.
But he has some defects; in his Essay on the Human Understanding he is often too figurative for the subject.
The subject of the lunar librations was treated by Lagrange with great originality in an essay crowned by the Paris Lagrange.
It is the same with other revealed truths, and to prove that it is so is the principal object of this essay.
British Dictionary definitions for essay
noun (ˈɛseɪ, for senses 2, 3 also ɛˈseɪ)
verb (ɛˈseɪ) (tr)
Word Origin for essay
Word Origin and History for essay (1 of 2)
1590s, "short non-fiction literary composition" (first attested in writings of Francis Bacon, probably in imitation of Montaigne), from Middle French essai "trial, attempt, essay," from Late Latin exagium "a weighing, weight," from Latin exigere "test," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + agere (see act) apparently meaning here "to weigh." The suggestion is of unpolished writing.