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The Citations: namespace holds quotations and references. Based on the idea of usage as a criterion for inclusion, the Citations pages are intended to display durably archived usage over time. From the usage documented on these citations pages the definitions on the main entries can be verified, clarified and updated, or perhaps additional definitions can be derived.

For example, the citations for mauve are located on the page Citations:mauve.

If the citations page exists, it should hold all quotations and references for the term, including any inflected forms. Any quotations used within the entries would be a duplication of these.


Unlike the main space, inflected forms and alternate spellings should be redirected to the primary entry. Variations in case should be on the same page, with the other(s) redirecting, even if the definitions are distinct.


Main entries should contain links to Citations pages using {{seeCites}} or {{seeMoreCites}} under a ====Quotations==== header, or using {{seemorecites}} as the last element in a list of quotations following a definition.

Citations pages should link back to all main entries using {{citation}}.


Each Citations page should be headed with the {{citation}} template, which will link clearly back to the main entry.

When citations are grouped by definition, each definition should have a section formatted with a gloss header (level three), followed by a usage {{timeline}}, followed by the citations in chronological order (earliest usage to latest). See for instance Citations:trade or Citations:parrot.

There is no need to include full definitions on Citations pages. Quotations may be broken down by definition by part of speech, with enough of a gloss to inform readers which sense a citation is for.

For further formatting information see, How to format quotations.

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