Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

comma

play
noun com·ma \ˈkä-mə\

Simple Definition of comma

  • : a punctuation mark , that is used to separate words or groups of words in a sentence

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of comma

  1. 1 :  a punctuation mark , used especially as a mark of separation within the sentence

  2. 2 :  pause, interval

  3. 3 :  any of several nymphalid butterflies (genus Polygonia) with a silvery comma-shaped mark on the underside of the hind wings

Origin and Etymology of comma

Late Latin, from Latin, part of a sentence, from Greek komma segment, clause, from koptein to cut — more at capon


First Known Use: 1554

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

Rhymes with comma


COMMA Defined for Kids

comma

play
noun com·ma \ˈkä-mə\

Definition of comma for Students

  1. :  a punctuation mark , used chiefly to show separation of words or word groups within a sentence




Learn More about comma


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up comma? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to proceed clumsily or ineffectually

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

lavender-fields-in-france

Which of these is a synonym of caesura?

rebellion torrent megillah interruption
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ