noun, plural pa·ren·the·ses [puh-ren-thuh-seez] /pəˈrɛn θəˌsiz/.
Origin of parenthesis
Related Words for parenthesesfootnote, excursus, divagation, aside, note, deviation, incident, divergence, detour, variation, divergency, diversion, tangent, difference, episode, departure, irrelevancy, wandering, excursion, deflection
Examples from the Web for parentheses
Contemporary Examples of parentheses
On my computer, there was a contented little stream of smiley faces, made from colons and parentheses.First Lady Michelle Obama’s Magnum Opus
Patricia J. Williams
September 5, 2012
Historical Examples of parentheses
The number of instances of each word are given in parentheses.The City Bride (1696)
In the terms of venation, these parentheses occur most frequently.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
Dashes are much used where parentheses were formerly employed.The Verbalist
Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
If the connection of such expressions is remote, parentheses are used.
If used at all with the parentheses, it should follow the closing parenthesis.
noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz)
Word Origin for parenthesis
1540s, "words, clauses, etc. inserted into a sentence," from Middle French parenthèse (15c.), from Late Latin parenthesis "addition of a letter to a syllable in a word," from Greek parenthesis, literally "a putting in beside," from parentithenai "put in beside," from para- "beside" (see para- (1)) + en- "in" + tithenai "put, place," from PIE root *dhe- "to put, to do" (see factitious). Sense extension by 1715 from the inserted words to the curved brackets that indicate the words inserted.
A wooden parenthesis; the pillory. An iron parenthesis; a prison. ["Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit and Pickpocket Eloquence," London, 1811]
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.”