com·​ma ˈkä-mə How to pronounce comma (audio)
: 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

Examples of comma in a Sentence

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1554, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of comma was in 1554

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“Comma.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


com·​ma ˈkäm-ə How to pronounce comma (audio)
: a punctuation mark , used chiefly to show separation of words or word groups within a sentence
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