a quadrilateral having both pairs of opposite sides parallel to each other.

Origin of parallelogram

1560–70; < Late Latin parallēlogrammum < Greek parallēlógrammon. See parallel, -o-, -gram1
Related formspar·al·lel·o·gram·mat·ic [par-uh-lel-uh-gruh-mat-ik] /ˌpær əˌlɛl ə grəˈmæt ɪk/, par·al·lel·o·gram·mat·i·cal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for parallelogram

square, rectangle, quadrilateral, rhombus, plane, figure, oblong

Examples from the Web for parallelogram

Historical Examples of parallelogram

  • The tables at which the guests are seated form three sides of a parallelogram.

  • From shoulders to the ground he was in the form of a parallelogram.

    The Kentucky Ranger

    Edward T. Curnick

  • The plan is a parallelogram, with a semicircle at the further end.

    The Western World

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • These lines formed a parallelogram about three feet in length by two in breadth.

    Ran Away to Sea

    Mayne Reid

  • This day come home the instrument I have so long longed for, the Parallelogram.

British Dictionary definitions for parallelogram



a quadrilateral whose opposite sides are parallel and equal in lengthSee also rhombus, rectangle, trapezium, trapezoid

Word Origin for parallelogram

C16: via French from Late Latin, from Greek parallēlogrammon, from parallēlos parallel + grammē line, related to graphein to write
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Word Origin and History for parallelogram

1560s, from Middle French parallélogramme (1550s) and directly from Late Latin parallelogrammum, from Greek parallelogrammon noun use of neuter adjective meaning "bounded by parallel lines," from parallelos (see parallel) + stem of graphein "to write" (see -graphy).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

parallelogram in Science



A four-sided plane figure with opposite sides parallel. Rhombuses and rectangles are parallelograms.
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