punctuation mark


Definition of punctuation mark

: any of various standardized marks or signs used in punctuation
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Examples of punctuation mark in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Combing through Vivier’s greatest hits would reveal the famed comma heel style (a tiny heel bent like the punctuation mark) and, of course, the patent pumps from Belle de Jour made famous by a dazzling Catherine Deneuve. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 5 Apr. 2021 The em dash is a versatile punctuation mark, often used in place of a colon or comma. Reuven Perlman, The New Yorker, 25 Feb. 2021 The Serial Comma Also known as the Oxford comma, this hotly debated punctuation mark can be used to clarify the logic of sentences that include a list of three or more things. Reuven Perlman, The New Yorker, 25 Feb. 2021 Throwing in a symbol or punctuation mark can tighten up a password too. Washington Post, 23 Feb. 2021 That controversial call in Arizona would not be the punctuation mark on the end of his college tenure. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 23 Oct. 2020 The board also acknowledged this week that some ballots were printed without a punctuation mark in a way that might confuse voters. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, 29 Sep. 2020 Wearing all red, Nelly put the punctuation mark on his routine with Daniella Karagach. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 15 Sep. 2020 What’s more, a Wednesday Twitter thread revealed that the clipboard reading occurred each time a user entered a punctuation mark or tapped the space bar while composing a comment. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 27 June 2020

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First Known Use of punctuation mark

1849, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of punctuation mark was in 1849

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“Punctuation mark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/punctuation%20mark. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of punctuation mark

: any one of the marks (such as a period, comma, or question mark) used to divide a piece of writing into sentences, clauses, etc.

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Kids Definition of punctuation mark

: any one of the marks (as a period, comma, or question mark) used in writing to make the meaning clear and separate parts (as clauses and sentences)


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