WORD ORIGIN noun a distinct portion of written or printed matter dealing with a particular idea, usually beginning with an indentation on a new line. a note, item, or brief article, as in a newspaper. verb (used with object) to divide into paragraphs. to write or publish paragraphs about, as in a newspaper. to express in a paragraph. Origin of paragraph 1515–25;
marked passage; see
graph Related forms par·a·graph·ism, noun par·a·gra·phis·ti·cal , [par- uh-gr uh- fis-ti-k uh l] /ˌpær ə grəˈfɪs tɪ kəl/ adjective sub·par·a·graph, noun un·par·a·graphed, adjective well-par·a·graphed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for subparagraph noun (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 verb (tr) to form into paragraphs to express or report in a paragraph Derived Forms paragraphic ( ˌpærəˈɡræfɪk) or paragraphical, adjective paragraphically, adverb Word Origin for paragraph
C16: from Medieval Latin
paragraphus, from Greek paragraphos line drawing attention to part of a text, from paragraphein to write beside, from para- 1 + graphein to write
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Word Origin and History for subparagraph n.
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).
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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
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