punctuation definition, meaning - what is punctuation in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “punctuation”

See all translations

punctuation

noun [U] uk   us   /ˌpʌŋk.tjuˈeɪ.ʃən/
B1 (the use of) special symbols that you add to writing to separate phrases and sentences, to show that something is a question, etc.: His letter was completely without punctuation.
More examples
Translations of “punctuation”
in Korean 구두점, 구두법…
in Arabic عَلامات التَّرْقيم…
in Portuguese pontuação…
in Catalan puntuació…
in Japanese 句読法…
in Italian punteggiatura…
in Chinese (Traditional) 標點符號, 標點符號用法…
in Russian пунктуация…
in Turkish noktalama, noktalama işaretleri…
in Chinese (Simplified) 标点符号, 标点符号用法…
in Polish interpunkcja…
(Definition of punctuation from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of punctuation?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “punctuation”

Definitions of “punctuation” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

lateral thinking

a way of solving a problem by thinking about it in a different and original way and not using traditional or expected methods

Word of the Day

What’s All The Commotion About? (Words to describe sounds)

by Kate Woodford,
May 20, 2015
​​​ In this post we look at a range of words and phrases that we use to describe noise and the absence of noise. Starting with complete quiet, we sometimes use the noun hush to describe silence: A hush fell over the room as the bride walked in./There was a deathly hush (=complete

Read More 

plyscraper noun

May 18, 2015
a skyscraper made mainly from wood The development of engineered timber could herald a new era of eco-friendly ‘plyscrapers’. Christchurch welcomed its first multistorey timber structure this year, there are plans for Vancouver, and the talk is China could follow

Read More