Definition of ampersand noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈæmpəsænd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæmpərsænd//
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the symbol &, used to mean ‘and’ She works for Bond & Green. See related entries: Punctuation Word Origin mid 19th cent.: alteration of and per se and& by itself is and”, formerly chanted as an aid to learning the sign.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: ampersand