noun com·ma \ˈkä-mə\

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

Full Definition of COMMA

:  a punctuation mark , used especially as a mark of separation within the sentence
:  any of several nymphalid butterflies (genus Polygonia) with a silvery comma-shaped mark on the underside of the hind wings

Origin 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

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile

Rhymes with COMMA

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noun com·ma \ˈkä-mə\

Definition of COMMA for Kids

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


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