What does Comma mean?

Definitions for Comma
ˈkɒm əCom·ma

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Comma.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. comma(noun)

    a punctuation mark (,) used to indicate the separation of elements within the grammatical structure of a sentence

  2. comma, comma butterfly, Polygonia comma(noun)

    anglewing butterfly with a comma-shaped mark on the underside of each hind wing


  1. comma(Noun)

    Punctuation mark , (usually indicating a pause between parts of a sentence or between elements in a list).

    Etymology: From comma, from κόμμα, from κόπτω

  2. comma(Noun)

    A diacritical mark used below certain letters in Romanian.

    Etymology: From comma, from κόμμα, from κόπτω

  3. comma(Noun)

    A European and North American butterfly, Polygonia c-album, of the family Nymphalidae.

    Etymology: From comma, from κόμμα, from κόπτω

  4. comma(Noun)

    a small or very small interval between two enharmonic notes tuned in different ways.

    Etymology: From comma, from κόμμα, from κόπτω

Webster Dictionary

  1. Comma(noun)

    a character or point [,] marking the smallest divisions of a sentence, written or printed

    Etymology: [L. comma part of a sentence, comma, Gr. clause, fr. to cut off. Cf. Capon.]

  2. Comma(noun)

    a small interval (the difference between a major and minor half step), seldom used except by tuners

    Etymology: [L. comma part of a sentence, comma, Gr. clause, fr. to cut off. Cf. Capon.]


  1. Comma

    The comma is a punctuation mark, and it appears in several variants in various languages. It has the same shape as an apostrophe or single closing quotation mark in many typefaces, but it differs from them in being placed on the baseline of the text. Some typefaces render it as a small line, slightly curved or straight but inclined from the vertical, or with the appearance of a small, filled-in number 9. It is used to separate parts of a sentence such as clauses and lists of three or more things. The comma is used in many contexts and languages, mainly for separating things. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word comma comes directly from the Greek komma, which means something cut off or a short clause. A comma can also be used as a diacritic when combined with other characters.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Comma

    kom′a, n. (Shak.) a short part of a sentence: in punctuation, the point (,) which marks the smallest division of a sentence: (fig.) a brief interval.—Inverted commas, marks of quotation ("..", '..'). [L.,—Gr. komma, a section of a sentence, from koptein, to cut off.]

Editors Contribution

  1. comma

    A type of known symbol to accurately define meaning and grammatical structure.

    A comma can create a specific meaning in a sentence according to where it is placed, in various languages

    Submitted by MaryC on March 17, 2017  

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Comma' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4734

How to pronounce Comma?

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How to say Comma in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Comma in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Comma in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Comma in a Sentence

  1. Wilbur Ross:

    The big topics like that are still a work in progress. And those are very complex issues, particularly rules of origin, so eventually it will come down to every comma, every semicolon, everything before we can figure out if it's something that's workable.

  2. Oscar Wilde:

    I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.

  3. Larry Wall:

    The purpose of most computer languages is to lengthen your resume by a word and a comma.

  4. Elizabeth Clarkson Zwart:

    The older I grow, the less important the comma becomes. Let the reader catch his own breath.

  5. President Barack Obama:

    There are going to be many months in which people will be able to look at every comma and period and semicolon in this deal, and I feel very confident that when people evaluate the actual deal that is done, that they will see that, in fact, it is the most progressive trade deal in history.

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