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apostrophe

See also: apostrophé

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Etymology 1Edit

From French apostrophe, or Latin apostrophus, from Ancient Greek ἀπόστροφος (apóstrophos, accent of elision), a noun use of an adjective from ἀποστρέφω (apostréphō, I turn away).

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NounEdit

apostrophe (plural apostrophes)

  1. (orthography) The text character , that serves as a punctuation mark in various languages and as a diacritical mark in certain rare contexts.
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Punctuation

Usage notesEdit

In English, the apostrophe is used to mark the possessive or to show the omission of letters or numbers.

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Etymology 2Edit

From Latin apostrophe, from Ancient Greek ἀποστροφή (apostrophḗ), from ἀποστρέφω (apostréphō, I turn away), from ἀπό (apó) + στρέφω (stréphō, I turn).

NounEdit

apostrophe (plural apostrophes)

  1. (rhetoric) A sudden exclamatory piece of dialogue addressed to someone or something, especially absent.
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FrenchEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Latin apostrophus, from Ancient Greek ἀπόστροφος (apóstrophos, accent of elision), a noun use of an adjective from ἀποστρέφω (apostréphō, I turn away).

NounEdit

apostrophe f (plural apostrophes)

  1. (orthography) apostrophe

Etymology 2Edit

From Latin apostrophe, from Ancient Greek ἀποστροφή (apostrophḗ), from ἀποστρέφω (apostréphō, I turn away), from ἀπό (apó) + στρέφω (stréphō, I turn).

NounEdit

apostrophe f (plural apostrophes)

  1. (rhetoric) apostrophe
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VerbEdit

apostrophe

  1. first-person singular present indicative of apostropher
  2. third-person singular present indicative of apostropher
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of apostropher
  4. first-person singular present subjunctive of apostropher
  5. second-person singular imperative of apostropher

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