Definition of apostrophe
: a mark ' used to indicate the omission of letters or figures, the possessive case (as in “John's book”), or the plural of letters or figures (as in “the 1960's”) In the contraction “can't,” the apostrophe replaces two of the letters in the word “cannot.”.
Origin and Etymology of apostrophe
Latin, from Greek apostrophē, literally, act of turning away, from apostrephein to turn away, from apo- + strephein to turn
First Known Use: 1533See Words from the same year
APOSTROPHE Defined for Kids
Definition of apostrophe for Students
: a mark ' used to show that letters or figures are missing (as in “can't” for “cannot” or “'76” for “1776”) or to show the possessive case (as in “Mike's”) or the plural of letters or figures (as in “cross your t's”)
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