pound sign

noun

1
: the symbol £
2
: the symbol #

Examples of pound sign in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now used as a symbol to identify a group of tweets around the same topic, the hashtag, or pound sign, has a fascinating history, as Ben Panko reported for Smithsonian.com last year. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, 24 Apr. 2018 Now the social media company is witnessing the power of the pound sign firsthand. Hugo Martin, Los Angeles Times, 15 Oct. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pound sign was in 1895

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“Pound sign.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pound%20sign. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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