Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “writing”

writing

noun     /ˈraɪ.tɪŋ/ US  /-t̬ɪŋ/
B1 [U] a person's style of writing with a pen on paper that can be recognized as their own: Do you recognize the writing on the envelope?Writing and typing A2 [U] something that has been written or printedPieces of writing B2 [U] the written work, such as stories or poems, of one person or a group of people: She is studying women's writing at the turn of the century.Pieces of writing B2 [U] the activity of creating pieces of written work, such as stories, poems, or articles: I did a course in creative writing.Writing and typing A1 [U] the skill or activity of producing words on a surface: Teachers focus on speaking and writing in the afternoon classes. in writing B2 in written form: All bookings must be confirmed in writing.Describing handwriting and print writings [plural] the written works of a person, especially when they have been published as books: the writings of Karl MarxPieces of writing Grammar:Speech into writingBoth speech and writing can be formal or informal. Whether language is formal or informal depends on who our readers and listeners are, for what purpose we use the language and the situation in which we use it. For example, an official notice would be written in formal English, whereas the same information would be more commonly written informally by an individual in a less public situation:See more
(Definition of writing noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of writing

Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Writing & typing, but you might be interested in these topics from the Reading & writing topic area:

Definitions of “writing” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

beneficiary

a person or group who receives money, advantages, etc. as a result of something else

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More