Meaning of BRACKET in English


I. ˈbra-kət 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


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)

II. transitive verb

Date: circa 1847


a. : to place within or as if within brackets

editorial comments are bracket ed

news stories bracket ed by commercials

b. : to eliminate from consideration

bracket off politics

c. : to extend around so as to encompass : include

test pressures…which bracket virtually the entire range of passenger-car tire pressures — Consumer Reports

2. : to furnish or fasten with brackets

3. : to put in the same category or group

bracket ed in a tie for third


a. : to get the range on (a target) by firing over and short

there were mortar rounds bracket ing the area — Ed Bradley

b. : to establish the limits of

bracket ed the problem neatly

c. : to take photographs of at more than one exposure in order to ensure that the desired exposure is obtained

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.