Definition of quotation marks noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


quotation marks

BrE BrE//kwəʊˈteɪʃn mɑːks//
; NAmE NAmE//kwoʊˈteɪʃn mɑːrks//
(also quotes, speech marks) (British English also inverted commas) [plural]
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a pair of marks (‘  ’) or ( “ ” ) placed around a word, sentence, etc. to show that it is what somebody said or wrote, that it is a title or that you are using it in an unusual wayExtra examples Put direct speech in quotation marks. There were quotation marks around the word ‘expert’. You can use double quotation marks inside single ones.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: quotation marks