guillemet

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From French guillemet, diminutive form of the name Guillaume (William), after the French typecutter Guillaume Le Bé (1525–1598) who supposedly invented the marks.[1]

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Noun[edit]

guillemet (plural guillemets)

  1. Either of the punctuation marks « or », used in several languages to indicate passages of speech. Similar to typical quotation marks used in the English language such as and .

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Microsoft Character design standards, Latin 1: Punctuation Design Standards (§ Pointing quotation marks – Guillemets)
  2. ^ Merriam-Webster
  3. ^ Dictionary.com
  4. ^ Trésor de la Langue Française (© 2007, Centre National de Ressources Textuelles at Lexicales), § Prononc. et Orth.

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

guillemet m (plural guillemets)

  1. quotation mark
  2. guillemet

Usage notes[edit]

In French, a space is put after the opening guillemet and before the closing one.

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