- a short oblique stroke (/) between two words indicating that whichever is appropriate may be chosen to complete the sense of the text in which they occur: The defendant and his/her attorney must appear in court.
- a dividing line, as in dates, fractions, a run-in passage of poetry to show verse division, etc.: 3/21/27; “Sweetest love, I do not go/For weariness of thee.” (John Donne)
- a short oblique stroke (/) used in computing; a forward slash.
Origin of virgule
Examples from the Web for virgule
He may be known for the Virgule, but the feeling of his new exhibition more closely resembles an exclamation mark.Shoes Fit For A Museum: Roger Vivier’s Virigule Show Opens at Palais De Tokyo
October 2, 2013
He wore the tuft of beard called a virgule (a comma) and a moustache.The Works of Honor de Balzac
Honor de Balzac
It was impracticable to reproduce the original punctuation, which mainly consisted of the virgule or slash.The Disguising at Hertford
His beard was trimmed to a moustache and virgule (now called imperial) and he carried a sword at his side and a cane in his hand.Catherine de' Medici
Honore de Balzac
Virgule, vėr′gūl, n. a little rod: a mark of punctuation, a comma.
- printing another name for solidus
Word Origin and History for virgule
thin sloping line, used as a comma in medieval MSS, 1837, from French virgule, from Latin virgula "punctuation mark," literally "little twig," diminutive of virga "shoot, rod, stick." The word had been borrowed in its Latin form in 1728.