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Etymology 1Edit

Since late 16th century, borrowed from Middle French essay, essai (essay), meaning coined by Montaigne in the same time, from the same words in earlier meanings 'experiment; assay; attempt', from Old French essay, essai, assay, assai, from Latin exagium (weight; weighing, testing on the balance), from exigere + -ium.

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essay (plural essays)

  1. (authorship) A written composition of moderate length, exploring a particular issue or subject.
    • 2013 January 1, Katie L. Burke, “Ecological Dependency”, in American Scientist[1], volume 101, number 1, page 64:
      In his first book since the 2008 essay collection Natural Acts: A Sidelong View of Science and Nature, David Quammen looks at the natural world from yet another angle: the search for the next human pandemic, what epidemiologists call “the next big one.”
  2. (obsolete) A test, experiment; an assay.
  3. (now rare) An attempt.
    • 1988, James McPherson, Battle Cry of Freedom, Oxford 2003, p. 455:
      This was Lee's first essay in the kind of offensive-defensive strategy that was to become his hallmark.
  4. (philately, finance) A proposed design for a postage stamp or a banknote.
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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle French essayer, essaier, from Old French essaiier, essayer, essaier, assaiier, assayer, assaier, from essay, essai, assay, assai (attempt; assay; experiment) as above.

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essay (third-person singular simple present essays, present participle essaying, simple past and past participle essayed)

  1. (dated, transitive) To try.
    • 1900, Charles W. Chesnutt, chapter II, in The House Behind the Cedars:
      He retraced his steps to the front gate, which he essayed to open.
  2. (intransitive) To move forth, as into battle.
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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English essay (essay), from Middle French essai (essay; attempt, assay), from Old French essai, from Latin exagium (whence the neuter gender).

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  • IPA(key): /ɛˈseː/, /ˈɛ.seː/
  • Hyphenation: es‧say
  • Rhymes: -eː

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essay n (plural essays, diminutive essaytje n)

  1. essay

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Norwegian BokmålEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English essay, from Middle French essai.

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essay n (definite singular essayet, indefinite plural essay or essayer, definite plural essaya or essayene)

  1. an essay, a written composition of moderate length exploring a particular subject

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from English essay, from Middle French essai.

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essay n (definite singular essayet, indefinite plural essay, definite plural essaya)

  1. an essay, a written composition of moderate length exploring a particular subject

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