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virgule

[ vur-gyool ]

noun

  1. a short oblique stroke (/) between two words indicating that whichever is appropriate may be chosen to complete the sense of the text in which they occur:

    The defendant and his/her attorney must appear in court.

  2. a dividing line, as in dates, fractions, a run-in passage of poetry to show verse division, etc.:

    3/21/27; “Sweetest love, I do not go/For weariness of thee.” (John Donne)

  3. a short oblique stroke (/) used in computing; a forward slash.


virgule

/ ˈvɜːɡjuːl /

noun

  1. printing another name for solidus


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Word History and Origins

Origin of virgule1

First recorded in 1830–40; from French virgule “comma, little rod,” from Latin virgula; virgulate

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Word History and Origins

Origin of virgule1

C19: from French: comma, from Latin virgula a little rod, from virga rod

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Example Sentences

He created the curved Virgule heel as a signature, to differentiate his work post-Dior.

He may be known for the Virgule, but the feeling of his new exhibition more closely resembles an exclamation mark.

His beard was trimmed to a moustache and virgule (now called imperial) and he carried a sword at his side and a cane in his hand.

Virgule, vėr′gūl, n. a little rod: a mark of punctuation, a comma.

He wore the tuft of beard called a virgule (a comma) and a moustache.

It was impracticable to reproduce the original punctuation, which mainly consisted of the virgule or slash.

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