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Character  & 
Unicode name AMPERSAND
Codepoint U+0026
% ← Basic Latin → '

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.

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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. and

Symbol[edit]

&

  1. (programming) dereferencing memory address in some programming languages
  2. (programming) bitwise "and" operator in some programming languages

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English[edit]

Conjunction[edit]

&

  1. Abbreviation of and.

Translations[edit]


Catalan[edit]

Conjunction[edit]

&

  1. i

French[edit]

Conjunction[edit]

&

  1. et

Italian[edit]

Conjunction[edit]

&

  1. e
  2. ed

Portuguese[edit]

Conjunction[edit]

&

  1. e

Spanish[edit]

Conjunction[edit]

&

  1. y
  2. e

Swedish[edit]

Conjunction[edit]

&

  1. och