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quotation mark

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noun
  1. one of the marks used to indicate the beginning and end of a quotation, in English usually shown as “ at the beginning and ” at the end, or, for a quotation within a quotation, of single marks of this kind, as “He said, ‘I will go.’ ” Frequently, especially in Great Britain, single marks are used instead of double, the latter being then used for a quotation within a quotation.
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Sometimes quote mark.

Origin of quotation mark

First recorded in 1880–85
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Historical Examples

  • Quotation-mark errors—especially orphaned open quotes—are similarly marked.

    Early English Alliterative Poems

    Various


British Dictionary definitions for quotation mark

quotation mark

noun
  1. either of the punctuation marks used to begin or end a quotation, respectively and or and in English printing and writing. When double marks are used, single marks indicate a quotation within a quotation, and vice versaAlso called: inverted comma
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