Definition of “comma” - English Dictionary


“comma” in English

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commanoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkɒm.ə/ us /ˈkɑː.mə/

Examples from literature

  • A comma is used whenever necessary to prevent ambiguity. 
  • Added comma missing in original after "hunting". 
  • The passage between commas is omitted in the representation, but we know not why. 
  • The subject of address is followed by a comma: "John, you are a good man." 
  • Whether they put the title in italics, or within commas, it is always italicised in this edition. 

(Definition of “comma” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“comma” in American English

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commanoun [ C ]

us /ˈkɑm·ə/

a mark (,) used in writing to separate parts of a sentence showing a slight pause, or to separate the various single items in a list

(Definition of “comma” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)