- 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.
An example of parentheses are marks such as "(" and ")" that set apart an added example in a sentence.
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
- 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: Late Latin ; from Classical Greek ; from parentithenai, to put beside ; from para-, beside (see para-) plush entithenai, to insert ; from en-, in plush tithenai, to put, place: see do