Meaning of BRACKET in English



Pronunciation: ' bra-k ə t

Function: noun

Etymology: perhaps from Middle French braguette codpiece, from diminutive of brague breeches, from Old Occitan braga, from Latin braca, of Celtic origin ― more at BREECH

Date: 1580

1 : an overhanging member that projects from a structure (as a wall) and is usually designed to support a vertical load or to strengthen an angle

2 : a fixture (as for holding a lamp) projecting from a wall or column

3 a : one of a pair of marks [ ] used in writing and printing to enclose matter or in mathematics and logic as signs of aggregation ― called also square bracket b : one of the pair of marks [ ] used to enclose matter ― called also angle bracket c : PARENTHESIS 3 d : BRACE 5B

4 : a section of a continuously numbered or graded series (as age ranges or income levels)

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.