See also: ؛ [U+061B ARABIC SEMICOLON]

; U+003B, &#59;
Basic Latin <
; U+037E, &#894;
Greek and Coptic Ϳ
U+FE54, &#65108;
[unassigned: U+FE53]

Small Form Variants
U+FF1B, &#65307;

Halfwidth and Fullwidth Forms
U+FE14, &#65044;

Vertical Forms

Translingual edit

Description edit

A full stop (.) above a comma (,).

Etymology edit

The Italian printer Aldus Manutius established the practice of using the semicolon mark to separate words of opposed meaning, and to indicate interdependent statements. The earliest, general use of the semicolon in English was in 1591.

Punctuation mark edit

; (English name semicolon)

  1. Indicates a pause longer than the comma and shorter than a period/full stop.
  2. Separates items in a list where the list items themselves include commas.
    Guests at the summit included David Cameron, the British Prime Minister; Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor; and François Hollande, the French President.
  3. Represents two eyes vertically aligned, the lower one winking, in order to form emoticons.
  4. (programming) Marks the end of a statement in some programming languages.
    <?php echo '<p>Hello World</p>'; ?>
  5. (speech therapy) Used to separate the year and month of a child's age.

Usage notes edit

  • In French, all composite symbols (i.e. ;, :, ! and ?) should be preceded by a non-breaking space, except ! and ? in Canadian French, where no preceding space is needed.
  • In Greek, this symbol is a question mark, and the role of semicolon is fulfilled by U+0387 ·, the άνω τελεία (áno teleía, upper stop).

Quotations edit

Derived terms edit

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Ancient Greek edit

Punctuation mark edit


  1. ? (the Greek question mark)

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Greek edit

Punctuation mark edit


  1. ? (the Greek question mark)
    Με συγχωρείτε· πού είναι οι τουαλέτες;
    Me synchoreíte; poú eínai oi toualétes;
    Excuse me; where are the toilets?

Usage notes edit

  • While there is a specific character for solely the Greek question mark (; – U+037E), the regular semicolon (U+003B) is preferred.
  • In Greek, a semicolon is represented by · (U+0387), named the άνω τελεία (áno teleía, upper stop).

Lhao Vo edit

Pronunciation edit

Letter edit


  1. glottal stop with low lexical tone.

Usage notes edit

The punctuation mark is separated from the preceding word by a space.

Low tone is written with any other final.