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noun com·ma \ˈkä-mə\

Definition of comma

  1. 1 :  a punctuation mark , used especially as a mark of separation within the sentence

  2. 2 :  pause, interval

  3. 3 :  any of several nymphalid butterflies (genus Polygonia) with a silvery comma-shaped mark on the underside of the hind wings

Origin and Etymology of comma

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


First Known Use: 1554

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COMMA Defined for English Language Learners

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noun com·ma \ˈkä-mə\

Definition of comma for English Language Learners

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


COMMA Defined for Kids

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noun com·ma \ˈkä-mə\

Definition of comma for Students

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


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