Commas, periods and question marks are examples of punctuation.
- the act of punctuating; specif., the act or practice of using standardized marks in writing and printing to separate sentences or sentence elements or to make the meaning clearer
- a system for using such marks
- such a mark or marks
Origin of punctuationMedieval Latin punctuatio: see punctuate
- a. The use of standard marks and signs in writing and printing to separate words into sentences, clauses, and phrases in order to clarify meaning.b. The marks so used.
- The act or an instance of punctuating.
(countable and uncountable, plural punctuations)
From Medieval Latin punctuatio (“a marking with points, a writing, agreement"), from punctuare (“to mark with points, settle"); see punctuate.