From French guillemet, diminutive form of the name Guillaume (“William”), named after French typecutter Guillaume Le Bé (1525–1598) who supposedly invented the marks.
guillemet (plural guillemets)
- Either of the punctuation marks « or », used in several languages to indicate passages of speech. Similar to typical quotation marks used in the English language, such as " (and formerly also “ and ”).
- 2021, Claire Cock-Starkey, Hyphens & Hashtags, Bodleian Library, page 49:
- Guillemets, however, proved popular and remain the key method of indicating quotations in French, Arabic, Italian, Greek and many other languages.
- angle quote
- chevron (typography)
- duckfoot quote
- double angle quotation mark (Unicode name)
either of the punctuation marks « or »
- ^ Microsoft Character design standards, Latin 1: Punctuation Design Standards (§ Pointing quotation marks – Guillemets)
- ^ “guillemet”, in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: Merriam-Webster, 1996–present.
- ^ “guillemet”, in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.
Diminutive form of the name Guillaume (“William”), named after French typecutter Guillaume Le Bé (1525–1598), 1677.
guillemet m (plural guillemets)
In French typography a space is put after the opening guillemet and before the closing one. This rule is followed in France and most of the time in Canadian usage but not necessarily elsewhere and not necessarily on the internet, even on French websites; in Switzerland no space is required in punctuation.
- “guillemet”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.