Definition of serial comma in English:

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serial comma

noun

A comma used after the penultimate item in a list of three or more items, before ‘and’ or ‘or’ (e.g., an Italian painter, sculptor, and architect). Also called Harvard comma, Oxford comma.
Example sentences
  • It's like not using the serial comma; after all, that final comma isn't necessary because the 'and' signals the end of the list.
  • On a lesser note, I applaud the author's use (and the editors' forbearance) of serial commas.
  • But whatever your views on the serial comma, I hope you will agree that some conventions are more vital than others in forging a just order.
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