Definition of semicolon in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsemēˌkōlən/
Pronunciation: /ˈsemīˌkōlən/


A punctuation mark (;) indicating a pause, typically between two main clauses, that is more pronounced than that indicated by a comma.
Example sentences
  • Most letters would be vastly improved if they contained some short, even one-word sentences; and some change-of-pace punctuation like semicolons, dashes, question marks.
  • I took my sit in Creative Writing and listened as Mr. Thompson lectured the class on when to use commas and semicolons when writing a story.
  • Eddie finds himself without much to do - Ted's books tend to run about 500 words, and he keeps the kid busy retyping the thing, changing a comma to a semicolon and back again.

Words that rhyme with semicolon

Angolan, colon, Nolan, stolen, swollen

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: sem·i·co·lon

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