Meaning of BRACKET in English


I. brack ‧ et 1 /ˈbrækət, ˈbrækɪt/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Date: 1500-1600 ; Language: French ; Origin: braguette 'codpiece' , from brague 'trousers' , from Latin braca ; because of the way a bracket (3) sticks out ]

1 . ( also round bracket ) [usually plural] British English one of the pair of signs put around words to show extra information SYN parenthesis American English

in brackets

Last year’s sales figures are given in brackets.

⇨ ↑ angle brackets , ↑ square bracket , ↑ punctuation mark

2 . income/tax/age etc bracket a particular income, tax etc range:

the highest tax bracket

families in lower income brackets

3 . a piece of metal, wood, or plastic, often in the shape of the letter L, fixed to a wall to support something such as a shelf

II. bracket 2 BrE AmE verb [transitive usually passive]

1 . to consider two or more people or things as being similar or the same

bracket somebody together

Women and minors were bracketed together for the legislation.

bracket somebody/something with somebody/something

Arizona has been bracketed with Iowa in the tournament.

2 . to put brackets around a written word, piece of information etc:

Debit amounts are bracketed.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.