Meaning of COLUMN in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ kɒləm ]

( columns)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


A column is a tall, often decorated cylinder of stone which is built to honour someone or forms part of a building.

...a London landmark, Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square.

= pillar



A column is something that has a tall narrow shape.

The explosion sent a column of smoke thousands of feet into the air.

N-COUNT : usu N of n


A column is a group of people or animals which moves in a long line.

There were reports of columns of military vehicles appearing on the streets.

N-COUNT : usu N of n


On a printed page such as a page of a dictionary, newspaper, or printed chart, a column is one of two or more vertical sections which are read downwards.

We had stupidly been looking at the wrong column of figures...



In a newspaper or magazine, a column is a section that is always written by the same person or is always about the same topic.

She also writes a regular column for the Times Educational Supplement.

N-COUNT : usu supp N


see also agony column , gossip column , personal column , spinal column , steering column

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