Semicolon definition

sĕmĭ-kōlən
The definition of a semicolon is a punctuation mark(;) that indicates a pause between clauses that is more pronounced than the pause indicated by a comma (,).

An example of a semicolon is the punctuation mark ";" used between two clauses in a sentence.

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The punctuation mark ';' .

A semicolon is followed by an initial lower-case letter (unless for proper nouns).

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A mark of punctuation (;) indicating a degree of separation greater than that marked by the comma and less than that marked by the period: used chiefly to separate units that contain elements separated by commas, and to separate closely related coordinate clauses.
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A mark of punctuation (;) used to connect independent clauses and indicating a closer relationship between the clauses than a period does.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of semicolon - semi-colon

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
semicolon
Plural:
semicola, semicolons

Origin of semicolon

  • From semi- +"Ž colon.

    From Wiktionary