例：Write an essay defining “段子手” and discuss the different types.
A definition essay requires you to write your own definition of a word. The definition must be thorough and well supported by research and evidence. You may have to write a definition essay for a class or try it as a writing challenge to help improve your English skills. Start by selecting and defining the word. Then, create a draft that presents a detailed definition using references and sources. Polish the essay when you are done so it flows well and does not contain any grammatical errors.
1 Choose a concept or idea. Pick a word that describes a concept or idea, such as “Feminism,” “Justice,” “Patriotism,” “Family,” or “Love.” These words are open enough for you to create your own definition based on experience and find sources to support your definition.
- You can also pick a concept like “Success,” “Friendship,” or “Faith.”
- Concepts like “Pain,” “Loss,” or “Death” are also good options.
2 Avoid concrete objects or things. Concrete objects like “pencil,” “ball,” or “shoe” can be difficult to use in a definition essay. You may not be able to say much about concrete objects or write about them in a deep or insightful way.
- You can try taking a concrete object and using a similar word to make it more open-ended. For example, the word “house” is concrete and obvious. But the word “home” is more open-ended and allows you to create your own definition of the word.
3 Select a word you are familiar with. Go for a word that you recognize or understand on a basic level. This will make writing the definition a bit easier.
- For example, you may choose a word like “success” because you are familiar with the word and feel you may have a lot to say about what it means to be successful or to feel success in your life.