The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today. Definition and synonyms of essay from the online English dictionary from Macmillan Publishers Limited. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning. This is the British English definition of essay. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent. The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word95% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,555 words in speech and writing. View American English definition of essay. View the pronunciation for essay. a casual storyteller, an aspiring writer, or a published author sharing fiction or nonfiction works on the Wattpad platformA must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars.