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



BrE BrE//ˌsemiˈkəʊlən//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsemikoʊlən//
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the mark ( ; ) used to separate the parts of a complicated sentence or items in a detailed list, showing a pause that is longer than a comma but shorter than a full stop/period compare colonExtra examples Put a semicolon between the two clauses. The items are separated by semicolons. The semicolon is mostly used in formal writing.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: semicolon