Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “definition”

definition

noun uk   /ˌdef.ɪˈnɪʃ.ən/ us  

definition noun (EXPLANATION)

B2 [C] a statement that explains the meaning of a word or phrase: a dictionary definition What is the definition of "mood"? [C] a description of the features and limits of something: The legal definition of what is and what is not pornography is very unsatisfactory. by definition because of its own features: Psychology is by definition an inexact science.

definition noun (CLEAR QUALITY)

C1 [U] how clear an image or sound is: The photograph rather lacks definition.
(Definition of definition from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of definition?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “definition”

Definitions of “definition” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

mutant

an organism that is different from others of its type because of a permanent change in its genes

Word of the Day

What’s that lovely smell?

by Kate Woodford​,
October 29, 2014
As adult humans, we can distinguish about 10,000 different smells. It’s no wonder, then, that we have so many words and expressions to describe them. This week we’re taking a look at those smell words – words that describe good smells and words that describe bad smells. Most smell words are either

Read More 

high-frequency trading noun

October 27, 2014
a type of stock market trading that uses very complex technology to trade extremely quickly, often making tiny profits which nevertheless add up to substantial sums Lewis’s book, Flash Boys, is driving a huge amount of attention toward the topic of high frequency trading, and it has rekindled some of

Read More