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siglum Line breaks: sig¦lum
Pronunciation: /ˈsɪɡləm/

Definition of siglum in English:

noun (plural sigla ˈsɪɡlə)

A letter or symbol which stands for a word or name, especially to denote a particular manuscript or edition of a text.
Example sentences
  • The Wake's hybridist nature extends beyond genre, even beyond portmanteau words, indeed to the most atomic level of text (letters, punctuation, sigla of all forms).
  • The equal sign used here stands for a three-lined equal sign in the book, but my computer cannot produce such a siglum.


Early 18th century: from late Latin sigla (plural), perhaps from singula, neuter plural of singulus 'single'.

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