Essay - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈeseɪ|  American pronunciation of the word essay
Brit.  |ˈeseɪ|  British pronunciation of the word essay


- an analytic or interpretive literary composition
- a tentative attempt


- make an effort or attempt(syn: assay, attempt, seek, try)
- put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to (syn: examine, prove, test, try)


There is no hint as to which of the approaches essayed in this book will prove most useful.

...he had been in gymnastics for some time before he even considered essaying that move...

Your assignment is to write a 500-word essay on one of Shakespeare's sonnets.

The book is a collection of his previously unpublished essays on a variety of topics.

Rousseau's Essay on the Origin of Languages

The infant had essayed a few wobbly steps

The essay is well written.

Read the essay through and tell me what you think.

She wrote an essay comparing two poems.

The essay questions on the test were easy.

She structured the essay chronologically.

Your essay should be no more than 250 words in length.

The writer of the best essay will win a prize.

The teacher handed out a sample essay.

The essay is too technical for me.

Word forms

singular: essay
plural: essays
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