noun, plural pa·ren·the·ses [puh-ren-thuh-seez] /pəˈrɛn θəˌsiz/.
- parental leave,
- parenteric fever,
Origin of parenthesis
Examples from the Web for 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.
Dr. Warburton thinks, that in this speech something is lost, but there needed only a parenthesis to clear it.Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies|Samuel Johnson
This was certainly satisfactory as far as it went, but I added, by way of parenthesis, "and who else will be present?"In the Footprints of the Padres|Charles Warren Stoddard
And in parenthesis it may be added the Duke was borne after parturition-pangs of forty-eight hours.Legends|August Strindberg
The exceptions were enumerated in Schedule B, and are those described in the parenthesis of the sentence to which this is a note.The Government of England (Vol. I)|A. Lawrence Lowell
Dawes, scowling in a parenthesis between the cracking of two stones, was understood to say that he was very well.For the Term of His Natural Life|Marcus Clarke
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]