quote mark

quotation mark

noun
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:
1880–85

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quotation mark
 
n
Also called: inverted comma 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

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