guillemet

noun
guil·​le·​met | \ ˌgē-(y)ə-ˈmā How to pronounce guillemet (audio) , ˌgi-lə-ˈmet How to pronounce guillemet (audio) \

Definition of guillemet

: either of the marks « or » used as quotation marks in French writing

First Known Use of guillemet

circa 1905, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for guillemet

French, from diminutive of Guillaume William (perhaps a printer's name)

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“Guillemet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/guillemet. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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