The Definition Essay is a challenging paper. It asks students to take an ordinary word and provide their audience with an interesting and provocative alternative definition. For example, the word home is obvious. It is a place where people live. But what if the author delved into the meaning of home, the precious rooms and beds where we live and find sanctuary from problems. What about the word minority? Most see the word as referring to people of color–of people who are black or brown. But what if you defined the word–and expanded it–by showing us how you, as a person who had very strict religious beliefs are now a minority in society–how you feel the pangs of derision? The possibilities are endless. You’ll need lots of examples to show us your new definition.