Meaning of COMMA in English

COMMA

ˈkämə noun

( -s )

Etymology: Late Latin & Latin; Late Latin, comma (punctuation mark, musical interval) from Latin, part of a sentence, from Greek komma stamp, coinage, clause, from koptein to cut off, stamp — more at capon

1.

a. plural also comma·ta -məd.ə : a short phrase or word group smaller than a colon : a fragment of a few words or feet — used of Greek and Latin prosody or rhetoric

b. obsolete : a clause or short section of a treatise or argument

2.

a. : a punctuation mark, used especially as a mark of separation within the sentence generally indicating a slight pause and appearing either singly to separate two related but distinct terms or in a pair, one at each end of a word, phrase, or clause, which the enclosing commas set off as an entity at the same time emphasizing the coherence of the preceding and following terms

b. commas plural : quotation marks — compare inverted comma

3. : pause , interval

4.

a. : a pause or break in the phrasing of a melodic line

b. : a mark indicating a pause for taking breath

5. : a minute interval or difference in the pitches of the same musical tone occasioned by different systems of tuning — compare ditonic comma , syntonic comma

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