Definition of ampersand in English:


Syllabification: am·per·sand
Pronunciation: /ˈampərˌsand


The sign & (standing for and, as in Smith & Co., or the Latin et, as in &c.
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late 18th century: alteration of and per se and '& by itself is and', chanted as an aid to learning the sign.

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