AskDefine | Define parentheses

Dictionary Definition



1 either of two punctuation marks (or) used to enclose textual material
2 a message that departs from the main subject [syn: digression, aside, excursus, divagation] [also: parentheses (pl)]parentheses See parenthesis

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /pəˈrɛnθəsiːs/


  1. Plural of parenthesis

Extensive Definition

Parenthesis may be:
  • Parenthesis, either of the curved-bracket ( ) punctuation marks that together make a set of parentheses
  • Parenthesis (rhetoric), an explanatory or qualifying word, clause, or sentence
NOTE: Curly brackets and Square brackets [] are NOT CALLED parentheses.
parentheses in German: Klammer
parentheses in French: Accolade
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