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A polygon of four sides where every angle is a right angle (90°)[1].


As a result of this definition:

  • Each pair of opposite sides is of equal length.
  • Opposite sides are parallel
  • Diagonal are equal
  • Adjacent sides are perpendicular

However, the adjacent sides do not need to be of equal length.

A special case of a rectangle is is the square, which is also a rhombus.


  1. There are many definitions of rectangle, but it seems sensible to use one which ais based on angle properites reather than length or papallesim properties. Definition adapted from