Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: colomne, from Latin columna, from columen 'top'


col‧umn S2 W2 [countable]
1TBB a tall solid upright stone post used to support a building or as a decoration
2 a line of numbers or words written under each other that goes down a page [↪ row]
in a column
Add up the numbers in each column.
3TCN an article on a particular subject or by a particular writer that appears regularly in a newspaper or magazine:
He writes a weekly column for 'The Times'.
4TCN one of two or more areas of print that go down the page of a newspaper or book and that are separated from each other by a narrow space:
Turn to Page 5, column 2.
'The Sun' devoted 10 column inches to the event (=their article filled a column ten inches long).
5 something that has a tall thin shape
column of
a column of smoke
6 a long moving line of people or things
column of
a column of marching men
fifth column, gossip column, personal column, spinal columnWORD FOCUS: newspaper WORD FOCUS: newspaper
the press newspapers in general
the media
newspaper, TV, and radio
a newspaper that does not contain much serious news, and mainly has short articles and photographs
British English/quality paper American English a newspaper that mostly contains reports about serious news
/reporter someone whose job is writing articles for newspapers
the title of a newspaper report, written in big letters
a piece of writing about something in a newspaper
an article that appears regularly in a newspaper, in which someone writes about their opinions
a piece of writing in which the newspaper gives its comments on recent events
the front page
(which has the main news stories)
the back page
(which has the less important news, and news about sport)
the sports/television/fashion/arts etc page

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