Meaning of COLUMN in English

/ ˈkɒləm; NAmE ˈkɑːləm/ noun


a tall, solid, vertical post, usually round and made of stone, which supports or decorates a building or stands alone as a monument :

The temple is supported by marble columns.

Nelson's Column in London


a thing shaped like a column :

a column of smoke (= smoke rising straight up)

—see also spinal column , steering column


( abbr. col. ) one of the vertical sections into which the printed page of a book, newspaper, etc. is divided :

a column of text

a dictionary with two columns per page

Put a mark in the appropriate column.

Their divorce filled a lot of column inches in the national papers (= got a lot of attention) .


a part of a newspaper or magazine which appears regularly and deals with a particular subject or is written by a particular writer :

the gossip / financial column

I always read her column in the local paper.

—see also agony column , personal column


a series of numbers or words arranged one under the other down a page :

to add up a column of figures


a long, moving line of people or vehicles :

a long column of troops and tanks

—see also fifth column



late Middle English : partly from Old French columpne , reinforced by its source, Latin columna pillar.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.