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 Musk is hardly the only member of the three-comma club to make a splashy acquisition in the media space in search of influence and clout. Horacio Silva, Town & Country, 1 May 2022 Emily Morrison, a 36-year-old RN from Dover, Delaware, earned her comma on May 5, 2019. Jonathan Beverly, Outside Online, 3 June 2019 For a good hybrid mattress without a comma in the price tag, Allswell is a safe bet. Wired, 19 Feb. 2022 Junqueira, 39, first joined the three-comma club last month when shares of the Brazilian digital bank debuted on the New York Stock Exchange, rising 15% on the first day of trading and fetching a $45 billion valuation. Eliza Haverstock, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2022 The student had somehow missed the comma in the last line, which only made his paper more heartfelt. Arthur Krystal, The New Yorker, 17 Jan. 2022 This process allows a governor to correct typographical errors like a mistaken code reference or a misplaced comma. Sam Dorman, Fox News, 18 Jan. 2022 The founders of buzzy blockchain startup OpenSea have joined the three-comma club following a fresh funding round announced Tuesday that values the company at $13.3 billion—up from $1.5 billion just six months ago. Eliza Haverstock, Forbes, 5 Jan. 2022 Still, lumber prices with a comma were unimaginable before the lockdown, when mills were caught off guard by do-it-yourself and home-building booms and all the decks needed to facilitate outdoor dining. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, 19 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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14 May 2022

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“Comma.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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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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