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quotation mark

one of the marks used to indicate the beginning and end of a quotation, in English usually shown as “ at the beginning and ” at the end, or, for a quotation within a quotation, of single marks of this kind, as “He said, ‘I will go.’ ” Frequently, especially in Great Britain, single marks are used instead of double, the latter being then used for a quotation within a quotation.
Sometimes, quote mark.
Origin of quotation mark
First recorded in 1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for quotation marks
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  • No attempt was made to regularize the use of quotation marks.

    The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor Stephen Cullen Carpenter
  • When a quotation ends a sentence the quotation marks are placed after the period.

    Punctuation Frederick W. Hamilton
  • The French have retained these signs as their quotation marks ever since.

    Punctuation Frederick W. Hamilton
  • How do we use the period in connection with quotation marks?

    Punctuation Frederick W. Hamilton
  • Then he has the audacity to place Romanes in quotation marks.

    At the Deathbed of Darwinism Eberhard Dennert
  • The passages from this paper are indicated by quotation marks.

    Woman's Work in the Civil War Linus Pierpont Brockett
British Dictionary definitions for quotation marks

quotation mark

either of the punctuation marks used to begin or end a quotation, respectively and or and in English printing and writing. When double marks are used, single marks indicate a quotation within a quotation, and vice versa Also called inverted comma
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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quotation marks in Culture

quotation marks definition

Punctuation marks (“ ”) that set off dialogue, quoted material, titles of short works, and definitions. When something must be quoted inside a quotation, single quotation marks are used: “‘Religion,’ according to Karl Marx, ‘is the opiate of the masses.’”

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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