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apostrophe

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English

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From French apostrophe, or [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] apostrophus, from Greek απόστροφος (accent of elision), a noun use of an adjective from αποστρέφειν (turn away).

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Noun

Singular
apostrophe

Plural
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apostrophe ({{{1}}})
  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The text character (), which is used to mark the possessive (’s) or to show the omission of letters or numbers (tho’, they’ll, ’65).
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Etymology 2

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] apostrophe, from Ancient Greek ἀποστροφή, from ἀποστρέφειν (turn away), from ἀπό + στρέφειν (turn).

Noun

Singular
apostrophe

Plural
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apostrophe ({{{1}}})
  1. (rhetoric) A sudden exclamatory piece of dialogue addressed to someone or something, especially absent.
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French

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Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:fr:Template:lang:la derivations]] apostrophus, from Greek απόστροφος

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Noun

apostrophe f. (plural apostrophes)

  1. apostrophe

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