verb (used with object)
Origin of essay
Examples from the Web for essays
There are also essays on Jean Rys, Sylvia Plath, the Brontës, and Henry Roth.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination|Mindy Farabee|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I would be happy to see books of essays that have the benefit of multiple drafts and editors.
If these essays, like all essays, are a form of trying, Daum incites her readers to try, too.
People in the comments section were complaining about the length of one of these essays that ran in The New Yorker.
And then a lot of these essays are appearing on the internet, and many of these personal essays are by women.
One is my dedication for my essays; it was occasioned by that delicious article in the Spectator.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 23 (of 25)|Robert Louis Stevenson
Translations have been made of his works; essays have been written on his ideas.The Poems of Giacomo Leopardi|Giacomo Leopardi
There was little of the mere pronouncing of essays or declamations intended to have their real and only effect elsewhere.Martin Van Buren|Edward M. Shepard
She wrote then, in about six weeks, her volume of essays, Life in the Sick-Room.Harriet Martineau|Florence Fenwick Miller
My father gave in his Essays a sufficient indication of his religious creed.The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I.|Sir Leslie Stephen
British Dictionary definitions for essays
noun (ˈɛseɪ, for senses 2, 3 also ɛˈseɪ)
verb (ɛˈseɪ) (tr)
Word Origin for essay
Word Origin and History for essays (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.