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



    BrE BrE//ɪˈlɪpsɪs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈlɪpsɪs//
    (pl. ellipses
    BrE BrE//ɪˈlɪpsiːz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈlɪpsiːz//
    [countable, uncountable] Linguistic devices, Punctuation
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  1. 1 (grammar) the act of leaving out a word or words from a sentence deliberately, when the meaning can be understood without them See related entries: Linguistic devices
  2. 2 three dots (…) used to show that a word or words have been left out See related entries: Punctuation
  3. Word Origin mid 16th cent.: via Latin from Greek elleipsis, from elleipein ‘leave out’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: ellipsis