semicolon

[ sem-i-koh-luh n ]
/ ˈsɛm ɪˌkoʊ lən /
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noun

the punctuation mark (;) used to indicate a major division in a sentence where a more distinct separation is felt between clauses or items on a list than is indicated by a comma, as between the two clauses of a compound sentence.

Origin of semicolon

First recorded in 1635–45; semi- + colon1
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British Dictionary definitions for semicolon

semicolon

/ (ˌsɛmɪˈkəʊlən) /

noun

the punctuation mark (;) used to indicate a pause intermediate in value or length between that of a comma and that of a full stop
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Word Origin and History for semicolon

semicolon


n.

punctuation-mark, 1640s, a hybrid coined from Latin-derived semi- + Greek-based colon (n.1). The mark itself was in Greek the point of interrogation.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for semicolon

semicolon


A punctuation mark (;) used to join two independent clauses in a sentence. The semicolon shows that the ideas in the two clauses are related: “Jack really didn't mind being left without a car; he had the house to himself.”

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