- a character or symbol (& or ) for and: Smith & Jones, Inc.
Origin of ampersand
Examples from the Web for ampersand
And he devotes an entire chapter to the beauties of the ampersand.Mad About Fonts
October 4, 2011
Never before, so far as I knew, had a camera been set up on Ampersand.
We landed on a sand beach at the mouth of a little stream, where a blazed tree marked the beginning of the Ampersand trail.
Ampersand, falling short by a thousand feet of the needful height, cannot claim this distinction.
In 1878, when I spent three weeks at Ampersand, the cabin was in ruins, and surrounded by an almost impenetrable growth of bushes.
I set my instrument for Ampersand Pond, sighted the picture through the ground glass, and measured the focus.
- the character (&), meaning andJohn Brown & Co
Word Origin and History for ampersand
1837, contraction of and per se and, meaning "(the character) '&' by itself is 'and' " (a hybrid phrase, partly in Latin, partly in English). The symbol is based on the Latin word et "and," and comes from an old Roman system of shorthand signs (ligatures), attested in Pompeiian graffiti, but not (as sometimes stated) from the Tironian Notes, which was a different form of shorthand, probably invented by Cicero's companion Marcus Tullius Tiro, which used a different symbol, something like a reversed capital gamma, to indicate et.
This Tironian symbol was maintained by some medieval scribes, including Anglo-Saxon chroniclers, who sprinkled their works with a symbol like a numeral 7 to indicate the word and. In old schoolbooks the ampersand was printed at the end of the alphabet and thus by 1880s had acquired a slang sense of "posterior, rear end, hindquarters."