ampersand

[ am-per-sand, am-per-sand ]
/ ˈæm pərˌsænd, ˌæm pərˈsænd /

noun

a character or symbol (& or ) for and: Smith & Jones, Inc.

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Origin of ampersand

1820–30; contraction of and per se and literally, (the symbol) & by itself (stands for) and; see per se
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British Dictionary definitions for ampersand

ampersand
/ (ˈæmpəˌsænd) /

noun

the character (&), meaning andJohn Brown & Co

Word Origin for ampersand

C19: shortened from and per se and, that is, the symbol & by itself (represents) and
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Cultural definitions for ampersand

ampersand
[ (am-puhr-sand) ]

A symbol (see also symbol) for and (), as in Dun Bradstreet.

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