Definition of ampersand in English:

ampersand

Line breaks: am¦per|sand
Pronunciation: /ˈampəsand
 
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noun

  • The sign & (standing for and, as in Smith & Co., or the Latin et, as in &c.).
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    • This includes quotes, apostrophes, ellipses, em and en dashes, multiplication symbols, and ampersands.
    • But what is so special about the ampersand, specifically, in regard to this?
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Origin

late 18th century: alteration of and per se and& by itself is and’, formerly chanted as an aid to learning the sign.

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