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caret Syllabification: car·et
Pronunciation: /ˈkerət/

Definition of caret in English:


A mark (‸, ⁁) placed below the line to indicate a proposed insertion in a printed or written text.
Example sentences
  • In fact, there is a linguistic analog: the use of carets, superscripts, and footnotes - all vertical operations - to embed new information in a finished text.
  • Not only do I underscore; I use brackets, carets, and braces; I annotate all four margins and I copiously turn down the edges (both top and bottom) of certain especially memorable pages.
  • A dart (>) marks the last nucleotide for each gene and indicates the direction of transcription; nucleotides participating in termination codons of protein-coding genes are underscored with carets.


Late 17th century: from Latin, 'is lacking'.

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