Guillemet meaning

gĭl'ə-mĕt', gē-ə-mĕ'
Either of a pair of punctuation marks («) or (») used in some languages, such as French and Russian, to mark the beginning and end of a quotation.
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Either of the punctuation marks « or », used in several languages to indicate passages of speech. Similar to typical quotation marks used in the English language such as “ and ".
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Origin of guillemet

  • French diminutive of Guillaume William (the name of its supposed inventor)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From French guillemet, diminutive form of the name Guillaume (“William"), after the French typecutter Guillaume Le Bé (1525-1598) who supposedly invented the marks.
    From Wiktionary