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parentheses

noun [plural] uk   /pəˈren.θə.siːz/ mainly US ( UK usually round brackets, brackets) us  
the symbols ( ) that are put around a word, phrase, or sentence in a piece of writing to show that what is inside them should be considered as separate from the main part: The students' first names are shown in parentheses, like this: Baker (Tina).
Translations of “parentheses”
in Korean 괄호…
in Arabic بَين قَوسين…
in Portuguese parênteses…
in Catalan parèntesis…
in Japanese 丸カッコ( )…
in Italian parentesi…
in Chinese (Traditional) 圓括號…
in Russian скобки…
in Turkish parantez işareti '( )'…
in Chinese (Simplified) 圆括号…
in Polish nawias (okrągły), nawiasy (okrągłe)…
(Definition of parentheses from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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