Definition Essays

Definition Essays

Definition Essays

Definition essays are not difficult to write, this requires great research which will help define an object, situation, setting or even a person. When we talk about a definition essay, it is usually written to define or explain in detail different terminologies etc.  This can be in terms of a single word or a statement for example: “Computer” or “Document Management System”. The topics are usually general, and since it is general, the writer has freedom to write according to his perception. Definition essays are not usually very formal, and it is completely up to the writer to express his view, it can be of a comic style, a serious style or research based. Before beginning to write a Definition Essay, students must understand a few important points:

Knowing the term(s):

Students should know what they are about to define and explain that clearly to the reader. They can begin with the help of a dictionary at the very basic level, grasp the concept, use different litratures and define what needs to be defined in their own words; this makes the essay more personal and when students define terms in their own words, it is more comprehensive to the reader.

Understandable Information:

Students should be able to present the information that can easily be comprehended by other students. Unclear or vivid information will not add value to the paper rather it will make it difficult for the reader to understand and learn from it.


There are always advantages when students add their own personal accounts to the essay. Adding your own story will help the reader see things from your point of view and be able to clearly understand the concept.

Writing the paper:


Like all other essays, Analysis, is the key to definition essays. Different analysis of topics can be done, which means, if we have a topics about water, we can define it in multiple ways, for example: contaminated water, hard water, soft water, clean water, filtered water etc. This is helpful in defining a point clearly instead of just following gone particular aspect of the topic. By doing in-depth analysis, you can be sure you did not miss out on any main point.


Humans, by nature, like to compare different objects and make keynotes to make sure they understood it. Similarly, when writing your definition essay, a comparison is very helpful in having the reader understand the different points and be able to define exactly what you want to explain by comparing it to other things.  Example, Water was crystal clear or the water was muddy etc. This gives the reader a clear idea of how the water appears.

Watch the details:

Students often forget to mention the details, they should provide the reader with both physical and internal attributes of the topic and give a clear background and traditional thoughts of the topic.


This is where you finish your essay, by providing the reader with the results of your analysis, the effects the topic had or the definition had, and lastly, the cause(s) it creates. This is important when students discuss topics like “contaminated water”, “global warming”, “green house effects” etc. Definition essays are an excellent opportunity for students to show their creative skills and how they can use them to express their views and opinions. TIP: Always remember to make your essay entertaining, emotional, own and lastly memorable to the reader.