Definition of virgule in English:

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virgule

Pronunciation: /ˈvəːɡjuːl/

noun

Another term for slash1 (sense 2 of the noun).
Example sentences
  • The slashes (virgules) in Caxton's text were an experiment in punctuation, and are roughly equivalent to commas.
  • One has only to look at a few examples in common usage - ‘film/video,’ ‘art/culture,’ ‘media/culture ‘- to understand that the two nouns linked by the virgule contain similarities as well as dissimilarities.’
  • In employing the postmodern style of playfulness with words and punctuation, the title Human / Nature with its central virgule suggests ambiguity.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from French, literally 'comma', from Latin virgula, diminutive of virga 'rod'.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: vir|gule

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