Definition of obelus in English:

obelus

Line breaks: ob¦elus
Pronunciation: /ˈɒb(ə)ləs
 
/

noun (plural obeli /-lʌɪ, -liː/)

1A symbol (†) used as a reference mark in printed matter, or to indicate that a person is deceased.
More example sentences
  • This obelus (little dagger sign) directs readers to a four-line footnote that explains the terms and conditions attached to this freebie.
2A mark (- or ÷) used in ancient manuscripts to mark a word or passage as spurious, corrupt or doubtful.

Origin

late Middle English: via Latin from Greek obelos 'pointed pillar', also 'critical mark'.

Definition of obelus in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day guzzle
Pronunciation: ˈgʌz(ə)l
verb
eat or drink (something) greedily