Definitions for semicolonˈsɛm ɪˌkoʊ lən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sem•i•co•lonˈsɛm ɪˌkoʊ lən(n.)

  1. 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.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. semicolon(noun)

    a punctuation mark (`;') used to connect independent clauses; indicates a closer relation than does a period

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. semicolon(noun)ˈsɛm ɪˌkoʊ lən

    the written symbol (;), used between words in a list or between two closely-related sentences


  1. semicolon(Noun)

    The punctuation mark ';' .

    A semicolon is followed by an initial lower-case letter (unless for proper nouns).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Semicolon(noun)

    the punctuation mark [;] indicating a separation between parts or members of a sentence more distinct than that marked by a comma


  1. Semicolon

    The semicolon is a punctuation mark with several uses. The Italian printer Aldus Manutius the Elder established the practice of using the semicolon to separate words of opposed meaning and to indicate interdependent statements. "The first printed semicolon was the work of ... Aldus Manutius" in 1494. Ben Jonson was the first notable English writer to use the semicolon systematically. The modern uses of the semicolon relate either to the listing of items or to the linking of related clauses. In Unicode it is encoded at U+003B ; semicolon. According to Lynne Truss, a British writer on grammar, many non-writers avoid the colon and semicolon for various reasons: "They are old-fashioned", "They are middle-class", "They are optional", "They are mysteriously connected to pausing", "They are dangerously addictive", and "The difference between them is too negligible to be grasped by the brain of man". However, the semi-colon is used frequently in academic writing.

Translations for semicolon

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the punctuation mark (;) used especially to separate parts of a sentence which have more independence than clauses separated by a comma

He wondered what to do. He couldn't go back; he couldn't borrow money.

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