quotation mark


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, "In Post-9/11 New York, a Newlywed Reckons With Her Own Lost Past," 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, "Column: Facebook’s bogus video claims just cost it $40 million, but they caused much more damage," 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, "Attackers exploit an iTunes zeroday to install ransomware," 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, "Off-White's Monochrome Pouches Are the Packing Cubes We Didn't Know We Needed," 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, "“Lanny” Is a Dark, Wonderfully Tactile Reimagining of the Folktale," 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, "The Federal, Agawam," 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, "An Ode to the Perverse Pleasure of Needlepoint," 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, "The End of Reality," 8 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of quotation mark

circa 1859, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of quotation mark was circa 1859

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“Quotation mark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quotation%20mark. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of quotation mark

: one of a pair of punctuation marks " " or ‘ ’ that are used to show the beginning and the end of a quotation, to show that something is a title, to show that a word or phrase is being used in a special way, etc.

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Kids Definition of quotation mark

: one of a pair of punctuation marks “ ” or ‘ ’ used chiefly to indicate the beginning and end of a quotation

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