quotation mark

noun

Definition of quotation mark

: one of a pair of punctuation marks " " or ' ' used chiefly to indicate the beginning and the end of a quotation in which the exact phraseology of another or of a text is directly cited

Examples of quotation mark in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Stevens gives Percy’s satellite characters relatively few identifying features, weaving their staccato dialogue throughout her blunt narration without quotation marks. Haley Mlotek, New York Times, 5 Mar. 2020 Text can be absorbed in blocks; the eye searches for keywords or names or other pointers such as quotation marks. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 10 Oct. 2019 The bug is known as an unquoted service path, which as its name suggests, happens when a developer forgets to surround a file path with quotation marks. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 10 Oct. 2019 In keeping with Off-White's now-iconic typography that always includes quotation marks, Abloh's brand has launched five black travel pouches to help make your packing easier. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, 13 Aug. 2019 Others, describing the village-wide search for Lanny, are rushed run-ons, lacking attributions and quotation marks, creating a sense of muddled panic and frenzy. Maya Phillips, The New Yorker, 18 July 2019 Presnal is a chef who likes having fun, and his menu is littered with coy quotation marks, signaling foods that playfully masquerade as other foods. Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, 25 June 2019 This is a form of art—no quotation marks—that makes sense in a world that frequently does not. Sheila Marikar, ELLE Decor, 6 Sep. 2018 Vladimir Nabokov once wrote that reality is one of the few words that means nothing without quotation marks. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, 8 Apr. 2018 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'quotation mark.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of quotation mark

circa 1859, in the meaning defined above

Buying Guide

Our Reviews team has selected the best wireless keyboards.

Learn More About quotation mark

Time Traveler for quotation mark

Time Traveler

The first known use of quotation mark was circa 1859

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near quotation mark

quotation furniture

quotation mark

quotation noun

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for quotation mark

Cite this Entry

“Quotation mark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quotation%20mark. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for quotation mark

quotation mark

noun

Kids Definition of quotation mark

: one of a pair of punctuation marks " " or ' ' used chiefly to indicate the beginning and end of a quotation

More from Merriam-Webster on quotation mark

Nglish: Translation of quotation mark for Spanish Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about quotation mark

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name That Food

  • a-light
  • Name these cookies!
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!