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' U+0027, '
APOSTROPHE
&
[U+0026]
Basic Latin (
[U+0028]
U+FF07, '
FULLWIDTH APOSTROPHE

[U+FF06]
Halfwidth and Fullwidth Forms
[U+FF08]
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.

Related terms[edit]

  • (diacritical mark): ", :

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), wouldn't've (would not have); 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)
  4. (time, angles) symbol representing the minute, placed after the value of the seconds in a term to indicate minutes count

Coordinate terms[edit]

  • (time): "
  • (angles): " , °

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]