Definitions for quotation mark

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

quota′tion mark`(n.)

  1. one of the marks used to indicate the beginning and end of a quotation, in English usu. shown as (“) at the beginning and (”) at the end, or, for a quotation within a quotation, as single marks of this kind, as

    “He said, 'I will go.'”

Origin of quotation mark:

1880–85

Princeton's WordNet

  1. quotation mark, quote, inverted comma(noun)

    a punctuation mark used to attribute the enclosed text to someone else

Wiktionary

  1. quotation mark(Noun)

    One of a pair of quotation marks used to denote a quotation in writing. The symbol used at the beginning of the quotation ("opening quotation mark") is usually ("open inverted commas") or ("open inverted comma"), and the symbol at the end ("closing quotation mark") is ("close inverted commas") or ("close inverted comma").

  2. quotation mark(Noun)

    One of a pair of quotation marks used to denote a quotation in writing. The same symbol is now typically used at both the beginning and the end of the quotation, which is usually the "double quotes" or "straight quotes" symbol , although the "single quote" or "straight quote" symbol is sometimes used, especially to denote a quotation within a quotation.

Freebase

  1. Quotation mark

    In English writing, quotation marks or inverted commas are punctuation marks surrounding a quotation, direct speech, or a literal title or name. Quotation marks can also be used to indicate a different meaning of a word or phrase than the one typically associated with it and are often used to express irony. Quotation marks are sometimes used to provide emphasis, although this is usually considered incorrect. Quotation marks are written as a pair of opening and closing marks in either of two styles: single or double. Opening and closing quotation marks may be identical in form, or may be distinctly left-handed and right-handed; see quotation mark glyphs for details. Typographic quotation marks are usually used in manuscript and typeset text. Because typewriter and computer keyboards lack keys to directly enter typographic quotation marks, much typed writing has neutral quotation marks. The "smart quotes" feature in some computer software can convert neutral quotation marks to typographic ones, but sometimes imperfectly.

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