The explanation of these words depends on the situation in which they are used & on the point of view of a particular person.
A definition essay is a type of an academic writing paper, which takes minimum half of a page and looks similar to a detailed dictionary explanation but a bit more extended.
Some words have quite concrete meanings: table, paper, car, etc.
But there are terms which are more abstract, convey extensive, complex concepts, meanings: happiness, honesty, justice.
You can’t succeed with a paper if you choose the words like “cup” or “cheese” because you’ll be able to reveal only the specific & narrow meaning of a simple word. In this way, you are able to give many definitions of the same word, different opinions, give the explanation, and provide your own interpretation.
Don’t forget to mention some examples from a real life to support your definitions.
Make him keep reading by showing that in this definition paper he will find interesting, alternative, sophisticated definitions. Give full, detailed information on the chosen topic.
Write 2 or 3 body paragraphs, do not overload your paper with unnecessary information, and don’t give definitions which are duplicating each other.
The thesis statement is the main argument of the definition essay which the student should provide at the end of his introduction.
It doesn’t have to be a regular thesis statement, as you know in the definition paper you should not prove anything.