In the essays below, you should know the subject thoroughly since the writers have composed extended definitions. You can learn to write a definition essay from these websites:
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All writers in this collection speak for themselves—and themselves alone.
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Writer Rachel Maizes recounts life with Chance, her often aggressive, mixed-breed dog.
Writer Libby Hill examines television, namely period dramas like The Americans and Masters of Sex, and concludes that the identities people assume in life are both true and false.
Kiri Blakeley, a contributor to Forbes magazine, defines the modern cat lady by exploring the connection women (and some men) have with cats.
Writer Val Brown shares her own take on how Facebook has redefined the word "friend."
Los Angeles Times reporter Marisa Gerber describes how the traditional quinceanera has evolved over the past 40 years.
Therapist and minister Wayne Muller seeks to define on a personal level what the economic concept of GDP is.
Stephanie Butnik, writing for the New York Times, tries to dispel the myth that cat people are crazy by defining the "new" cat owner.
Jon Mooallem, a writer for the New York Times, investigates the "designer" dog fad which has created Labradoodles and puggles.
Author John Lanchester explains how our idea of food and what "food" means has changed.
Writing for the Atlantic, Jessica Leigh Hester investigates the world of preppers, those folks preparing for the end of the world.
What is ultimate frisbee? In this article, author Charles Bethea explains the sport and why its players believe it belongs at the Olympics