Parentheses are curved lines like these "(" or ")" that are used to set apart a word or clause which is added within a sentence to provide further explanation.noun
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parentheses - Cultural Definition
Punctuation marks — ( ) — used to separate elements in a sentence. Parentheses subordinate (see subordination) the material within them so that readers save most of their attention for the rest of the sentence: “Aunt Sarah (who is really my mother's cousin) will be visiting next week.”
Variant of parenthesis
noun pl. parentheses
- an additional word, clause, etc. placed as an explanation or comment within an already complete sentence: in writing or printing it is usually marked off by curved lines, dashes, or commas
- either or both of the curved lines, (), used to mark off parenthetical words, etc. or to enclose mathematical or logical symbols that are to be treated as a single term
- an episode or incident, often an irrelevant one; interlude
Origin: LL < Gr < parentithenai, to put beside < para-, beside (see para-) + entithenai, to insert < en-, in + tithenai, to put, place: see do
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