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Character '
Unicode name APOSTROPHE
Unicode block Basic Latin
Codepoint U+0027
& ← Basic Latin → (
See also: , , ʻ, and -'

Translingual[edit]

Punctuation mark[edit]

'

  1. Any of multiple characters with a similar shape.
    1. (apostrophe)
    2. (leading apostrophe)
    3. Used as a quotation mark in some languages. See ' '.
    4. (IPA) ˈ (primary stress)
    5. ׳ (Hebrew geresh)
    6. ' (foot length unit symbol)
  2. Used after a letter as a nonstandard representation of an acute or grave accent, when technical limitations prevent the use of one.

Diacritical mark[edit]

'

  1. Any of multiple characters with a similar shape.
    1. ׳ (Hebrew geresh)
    2. (IPA) ʼ (ejective consonant)

Letter[edit]

'

  1. ʻ (Hawaiian okina)

Symbol[edit]

  1. Replaces one or more letters which have been removed from a written word, often but not always because they are not being pronounced.
    English: don't (do not), o'er (over), fo'c's'le (forecastle), tho' (though); German: Leut' (Leute)
    1. Replaces letter(s) when two or more words are contracted into one word.
      English: I'm (I am); French: qu'il (que il), à c't'heure (à cette heure); German: gibt's (gibt es), auf'm (auf dem)
  2. Similarly replaces one or more numbers which have been removed.
    '95 (1995)
  3. (mathematics) (prime symbol)

See also[edit]

Punctuation


English[edit]

Particle[edit]

  1. See -'.

Esperanto[edit]

Punctuation mark[edit]

'

  1. (chiefly poetic) Used to indicate omission of the a in la to form l'.
  2. (chiefly poetic) Used to indicate omission of the final -o of nominative singular nouns.
    • 1891, L. L. Zamenhof, "La Espero":
      al la mond' eterne militanta ĝi promesas sanktan harmonion.

Polish[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Punctuation mark[edit]

'

  1. Put before the declension suffix of a foreign name, if the preceding letter is silent.
    Harry'ego /xaˈrɛ.ɡɔ/genitive case of Harry
    Georges'em /ˈʐɔr.ʐɛm/instrumental case of Georges

Scots[edit]

Symbol[edit]

  1. Replaces one or more letters which have been removed from a word.
    eneu' (eneuch, "enough"), lea' (leave, "leave")
  2. The apologetic apostrophe: inserted into a Scots word to give the appearance that it is a contraction of an English word, .
    de'il (deil, "devil")

Somali[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Letter[edit]

' upper case (lower case ')

  1. The first letter of the Somali alphabet, called alef and written in the Latin script.

Usage notes[edit]

  • This is the first letter of the Somali alphabet, which follows Arabic abjad order. It is followed by B. It is rarely used in the initial position.

See also[edit]