- a distinct portion of written or printed matter dealing with a particular idea, usually beginning with an indentation on a new line.
- a paragraph mark.
- a note, item, or brief article, as in a newspaper.
- to divide into paragraphs.
- to write or publish paragraphs about, as in a newspaper.
- to express in a paragraph.
Origin of paragraph
- (in a piece of writing) one of a series of subsections each usually devoted to one idea and each usually marked by the beginning of a new line, indentation, increased interlinear space, etc
- printing the character ¶, used as a reference mark or to indicate the beginning of a new paragraph
- a short article in a newspaper
- to form into paragraphs
- to express or report in a paragraph
Word Origin for paragraph
Word Origin and History for subparagraph
late 15c., from Middle French paragraphe "division of text" (13c., Old French paragrafe), from Medieval Latin paragraphus "sign for start of a new section of discourse" (the sign looked something like a stylized letter -P-), from Greek paragraphos "short stroke in the margin marking a break in sense," also "a passage so marked," literally "anything written beside," from paragraphein "write by the side," from para- "beside" (see para- (1)) + graphein "to write" (see -graphy).
A basic unit of prose. It is usually composed of several sentences that together develop one central idea. The main sentence in a paragraph is called the topic sentence.