noun, plural pa·ren·the·ses [puh-ren-thuh-seez] /pəˈrɛn θəˌsiz/.
Examples from the Web for parentheses
On my computer, there was a contented little stream of smiley faces, made from colons and parentheses.
On some reading devices, inline stage directions are set off from the text by parentheses added by the transcriber.The Fatal Dowry|Philip Massinger
I wish to add one remark, here—in parentheses, so to speak—suggested by the word "snowy," which I have just used.A Tramp Abroad, Complete|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
These lines are called parenthesis, marks of parenthesis, or parentheses.Why We Punctuate|William Livingston Klein
British Dictionary definitions for parentheses
noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz)
Derived Formsparenthetic (ˌpærənˈθɛtɪk) or parenthetical, adjectiveparenthetically, adverb
Word Origin for parenthesis
Culture definitions for parentheses
Punctuation marks — ( ) — used to separate elements in a sentence. Parentheses subordinate (see subordination) the material within them so that readers save most of their attention for the rest of the sentence: “Aunt Sarah (who is really my mother's cousin) will be visiting next week.”