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inverted comma

noun, British.
Also called turned comma.
Origin of inverted comma
First recorded in 1780-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • An inverted comma placed over a letter denotes that the sound of our h precedes that letter.

    New Word-Analysis William Swinton
  • The former consist of one inverted comma and one apostrophe; the latter, of two inverted commas and two apostrophes.

    Why We Punctuate William Livingston Klein
  • Sometimes it had a tail (“punctus caudatus”) and looked not unlike an inverted comma.

    How to Write Music Clement A. Harris
British Dictionary definitions for inverted comma

inverted comma

another term for quotation mark
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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