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



BrE BrE//ˌpʌŋktʃuˈeɪʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpʌŋktʃuˈeɪʃn//
[uncountable] Punctuation
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the marks used in writing that divide sentences and phrases; the system of using these marks See related entries: Punctuation Word Originmid 17th cent.: from medieval Latin punctuatio(n-), from the verb punctuare, from punctum ‘a point’.
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