comma

noun
com·​ma | \ ˈkä-mə How to pronounce comma (audio) \

Definition of comma

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

Examples of comma in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An example of this would be asking the universe for liberation and joy at work rather than an extra comma in your paycheck. Meghan Rose, Glamour, "Pisces Tarot Horoscopes: April 2021," 1 Apr. 2021 Do not let 2020 be your dream’s period, instead continue on as if 2020 was simply a comma. Stephanie Burns, Forbes, "5 Tips To Get Your Deferred Dreams Back On Track," 5 Mar. 2021 An example of this would be asking the universe for liberation and joy at work rather than an extra comma in your paycheck. Meghan Rose, Glamour, "Pisces Tarot Horoscopes: March 2021," 1 Mar. 2021 The Serial Comma Also known as the Oxford comma, this hotly debated punctuation mark can be used to clarify the logic of sentences that include a list of three or more things. Reuven Perlman, The New Yorker, "Grammar Tips from a Thirty-Eight-Year-Old with an English Degree," 25 Feb. 2021 The em dash is a versatile punctuation mark, often used in place of a colon or comma. Reuven Perlman, The New Yorker, "Grammar Tips from a Thirty-Eight-Year-Old with an English Degree," 25 Feb. 2021 Martin is a history teacher with the listless, sloping posture of a comma. New York Times, "His Dancing Days Were Over. Then Came ‘Another Round.’," 12 Jan. 2021 James Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming, described him as English, with a slim build, blue-grey eyes, a cruel mouth and short black hair, a comma of which rested on his forehead. The Economist, "Great Scot Sean Connery died on October 31st," 7 Nov. 2020 Spelling and grammar checking software, such as the one built into Microsoft Word or the grammar checker Grammarly, can suggest when a word is incorrectly used or a comma misplaced. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "Startup co-founded by A.I. heavy-hitters debuts editing tool it hopes will ‘transform writing’," 27 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of comma

1554, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for comma

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

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8 Apr 2021

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“Comma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/comma. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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comma

noun

English Language Learners Definition of comma

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

comma

noun
com·​ma | \ ˈkä-mə How to pronounce comma (audio) \

Kids Definition of comma

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

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