• (RP) IPA: /əˈpɒs.tɹə.fi/
  • (America) IPA: /əˈpɑːs.tɹə.fi/

apostrophe (plural apostrophes)

  1. (orthography) The text character , which serves as a punctuation mark in various languages and as a diacritical mark in certain rare contexts.
Translations Noun


  1. (rhetoric) A sudden exclamatory piece of dialogue addressed to someone or something, especially absent.
    • [1835, L[arret] Langley, A Manual of the Figures of Rhetoric, […], Doncaster: Printed by C. White, Baxter-Gate, OCLC 1062248511 ↗, page 28 ↗:
      Apostrophe a bold digression makes,
      Mov'd by some sudden thought the theme awakes.]
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