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quotation mark

noun
1.
one of the marks used to indicate the beginning and end of a quotation, in English usually shown as “ at the beginning and ” at the end, or, for a quotation within a quotation, of single marks of this kind, as “He said, ‘I will go.’ ” Frequently, especially in Great Britain, single marks are used instead of double, the latter being then used for a quotation within a quotation.
Also, quote mark.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85
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Examples from the web for quotation marks
  • Particularly in the early comics, the writers overused quotation marks to a nearly astonishing degree.
  • To novelists, as in the first example, it may be necessary for the purpose of avoiding the nuisance of perpetual quotation marks.
  • Remember to set key phrases apart by surrounding them with quotation marks to get better results.
  • My excerpts are properly enclosed in quotation marks, and are properly credited to the publisher.
  • Actually, statutes don't need the legalese or the quotation marks within the parentheses that this blog recommends.
  • Apostrophes are often the same as single quotation marks and are entered on a computer keyboard using the same key.
  • The quotation marks are there because the law of unintended consequences will make itself felt with any new technology.
  • They bless everything and everyone with the little flick quotation marks, that rabbit-ear genuflection of cool, ironic sterility.
  • Crucial words are put in quotation marks so as to suggest an ambivalence in the author's stance toward them.
  • When you set off a long quotation as a block, however, there are no quotation marks.
British Dictionary definitions for quotation marks

quotation mark

noun
1.
either of the punctuation marks used to begin or end a quotation, respectively and or and in English printing and writing. When double marks are used, single marks indicate a quotation within a quotation, and vice versa Also called inverted comma
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quotation marks in Culture

quotation marks definition


Punctuation marks (“ ”) that set off dialogue, quoted material, titles of short works, and definitions. When something must be quoted inside a quotation, single quotation marks are used: “‘Religion,’ according to Karl Marx, ‘is the opiate of the masses.’”

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