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semicolon

noun semi·co·lon \ˈse-mē-ˌkō-lən, ˈse-ˌmī-, -mi-\

: the punctuation mark ; that is used to separate major parts in a sentence and to separate items in a series if the items contain commas

Full Definition of SEMICOLON

:  a punctuation mark ; used chiefly in a coordinating function between major sentence elements (as independent clauses of a compound sentence)

First Known Use of SEMICOLON

1644
SEMICOLON Defined for Kids

semicolon

noun semi·co·lon \ˈse-mi-ˌkō-lən\

Definition of SEMICOLON for Kids

:  a punctuation mark ; that can be used to separate parts of a sentence which need clearer separation than would be shown by a comma, to separate main clauses which have no conjunction between, and to separate phrases and clauses containing commas

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