noun, plural pa·ren·the·ses [puh-ren-thuh-seez] /pəˈrɛn θəˌsiz/.
Origin of parenthesis
Related Words for parenthesisfootnote, excursus, divagation, aside, note, deviation, incident, divergence, detour, variation, divergency, diversion, tangent, difference, episode, departure, irrelevancy, wandering, excursion, deflection
Examples from the Web for parenthesis
Contemporary Examples of parenthesis
“When you have a food label and see quite a lot of parenthesis—first tip that your food may be highly fabricated,” she says.Foods That Fudge the Facts
January 26, 2011
Historical Examples of parenthesis
"Then that's where one gets left," Bobby commented, by way of parenthesis.The Dominant Strain
Anna Chapin Ray
At the end of the chosen one there is a letter in parenthesis ( ).Trees of the Northern United States
Austin C. Apgar
Mrs. Black, astonished but imperturbable, bowed at this parenthesis.
Observe also that the comma in the first example is placed after, not before, the parenthesis."Stops"
The italic form of parenthesis is objectionable in book work.Punctuation
Frederick W. Hamilton
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]