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apostrophe definition

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This page has 7 definitions of apostrophe in English and French. Apostrophe is a noun and verb. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

See also: Apostrophe and apostrophé

English apostrophe definition

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Etymology 1

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), from ἀπό (apó, away from) + στρέφω (stréphō, to turn).

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Noun

apostrophe (plural apostrophes)

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

In English, the apostrophe is used to mark the possessive (e.g. “my friend’s wife”) or to show the omission of letters or numbers (e.g. “my friend’s angry”).

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Etymology 2

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

Noun

apostrophe (countable and uncountable, plural apostrophes)

  1. (rhetoric) A sudden exclamatory piece of dialogue addressed to someone or something, especially absent.
    • [1835, L[arret] Langley, A Manual of the Figures of Rhetoric, [], Doncaster: Printed by C. White, Baxter-Gate, OCLC 1062248511, page 28:
      Apostrophe a bold digression makes,
      Mov'd by some sudden thought the theme awakes.
      ]
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French apostrophe definition

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

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

Noun

apostrophe f (plural apostrophes)

  1. (orthography) apostrophe

Etymology 2

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

Noun

apostrophe f (plural apostrophes)

  1. (rhetoric) apostrophe
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Etymology 3

See the etymology of the main entry.

Verb

apostrophe

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

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