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& U+0026, &
AMPERSAND
%
[U+0025]
Basic Latin '
[U+0027]
U+FE60, ﹠
SMALL AMPERSAND

[U+FE5F]
Small Form Variants
[U+FE61]
U+FF06, &
FULLWIDTH AMPERSAND

[U+FF05]
Halfwidth and Fullwidth Forms
[U+FF07]
🙵 U+1F675, 🙵
SWASH AMPERSAND ORNAMENT
🙴
[U+1F674]
Ornamental Dingbats 🙶
[U+1F676]
🙴 U+1F674, 🙴
HEAVY AMPERSAND ORNAMENT
🙳
[U+1F673]
Ornamental Dingbats 🙵
[U+1F675]

Translingual[edit]

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Ampersand evolution.
The roman ampersand at left is stylized, but the italic one at right reveals its origin in the Latin word et.

Etymology[edit]

A stylized form of Latin et (and). Romans used such symbols (ligatures) from at least the first century CE, but the character may not have acquired its present form until the advent of calligraphy in the Middle Ages. Compare , of same meaning and similar derivation.

Conjunction[edit]

&

  1. Siglum of "and"

Symbol[edit]

&

  1. (programming) Used in some programming languages for different purposes.
    1. Dereferencing memory address.
    2. Bitwise "and" operator.
  2. (networking) In a URL, separates each field-value pair of a query string .
    http://example.com/form.asp?name1=value1&name2=value2

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Derived terms[edit]

  • (mathematics)

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English[edit]

Conjunction[edit]

&

  1. Siglum of "and"
    • 2011, David Almond, The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean, Candlewick Press (2014), ISBN 0763663093, 121:
      “Welcum to McCaufreys, Billy Dean” he says. “Make yorself at home & hav a pie.”
  2. (dated) Abbreviation of et in Latin phrases such as et cetera.

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Catalan[edit]

Conjunction[edit]

&

  1. i

French[edit]

Conjunction[edit]

&

  1. et

Italian[edit]

Conjunction[edit]

&

  1. Abbreviation of e, ed
  2. (dated) Abbreviation of Latin et

Portuguese[edit]

Conjunction[edit]

&

  1. e

Spanish[edit]

Conjunction[edit]

&

  1. y
  2. e

Swedish[edit]

Conjunction[edit]

&

  1. och