Definition of “parentheses” - English Dictionary

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“parentheses” in British English

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parenthesesnoun [ plural ]

uk /pəˈren.θə.siːz/ us /pəˈren.θə.siːz/ mainly US UK usually round brackets, brackets

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).

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