Definition of “inverted commas” - English Dictionary

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“inverted commas” in British English

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inverted commasnoun [ plural ]

uk /ɪnˌvɜː.tɪd ˈkɒm.əz/ us /ɪnˌvɝː.t̬ɪd ˈkɑː.məz/ UK

B2 the symbols “ ” or ‘ ’ that are put around a word or phrase to show that someone else has written or said it

Examples

  • He put the entire phrase in inverted commas to show that it wasn't his.
  • Sick prisoners in the camp were 'cared for', in inverted commas, by guards, not nurses.

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