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Sunday, December 01, 2013

Definitions for pilcrow

  1. a paragraph mark.

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Citations for pilcrow
Take the trouble to look it up and in most cases the humble pilcrow warrants only a few lines, dismissed briskly as a "paragraph mark" that is "only important when brevity is important." Keith Houston, Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, and Other Typographical Marks, 2013
I'm more like a specialized piece of punctuation, a cedilla, umlaut or pilcrow, hard to track down on the keyboard of a computer or typewriter. Adam Mars-Jones, Pilcrow, 2008
Origin of pilcrow
late Middle English
1400-1450
Pilcrow arose in the 1400s, possibly from the Old French paragrafe meaning "paragraph."