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Meaning of “parenthesis” in the English Dictionary

"parenthesis" in British English

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parenthesisnoun [C]

uk   us   /pəˈren.θə.sɪs/ (plural parentheses )
a ​remark that is ​added to a ​sentence, often to ​provide an ​explanation or ​extrainformation, that is ​separated from the ​mainpart of the ​sentence by commas, brackets, or dashes: The ​sentence "Her ​youngestsister - the one who ​lives in ​Australia - is coming over next ​summer" ​contains a parenthesis.in parenthesis If, while you are ​talking, you say something in parenthesis, you say it as something ​extra and then ​continue with the ​mainpart of the ​sentence: Of his ​origins he said very little, ​merelymentioning in parenthesis that his ​background was ​poor.
(Definition of parenthesis from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"parenthesis" in American English

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parenthesisnoun [C usually pl]

 us   /pəˈren·θə·səs/ (plural parentheses  /pəˈren·θəˌsiz/ )
either of a ​pair of ​marks ( ), or the ​information inside them, used in a ​piece of writing to show that what is inside these ​marks should be ​considered as ​separate from the ​mainpart: Dates in parentheses ​indicate when the ​film was ​reviewed.
(Definition of parenthesis from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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