@

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Translingual[edit]

Character @
Unicode name COMMERCIAL AT
Unicode block Basic Latin
Codepoint U+0040
? ← Basic Latin → A
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Etymology[edit]

A cursive variation of or ᾱᾱ, the abbreviation of Greek ανα ‎(ana) used in recipes and prescriptions with the meaning "of each", and later extended to accounting. (Other explanations have that it is ā, an abbreviation of Latin ad ‎(to), or French à ‎(to).)

Symbol[edit]

@

  1. At the rate of; per.
    7 @ $2 = $14 (that is, seven, at two dollars each, are fourteen dollars).
  2. (computing) The symbol used as a separator between a username and a domain name in an e-mail address ("at" the domain name).
    My e-mail address is psychonaut@example.com.
  3. (computing, IRC) The most common choice of configurable prefix symbol to identify a channel operator.
  4. (Internet) Prepended to the name of the user to whom a remark is addressed.
    Bob: How can I stop other people from accessing my files when they use my computer?
    Jack: @Bob: You need to protect the files with a password.

Derived terms[edit]

  • (small form variant)

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Preposition[edit]

@

  1. at a rate of (so much each)
    15 items @ $10
    @ 80 km/h (at eighty kilometres per hour)
  2. (informal, neologism) at (any sense)
    @ 20°C (at twenty degrees Celsius)
    Text message: "im @ school."

Symbol[edit]

@

  1. (text messaging) Replacing the sounding /æt/ on any word that has this pronunciation or similar.
    e.g. d@ (that), c@ (cat), @end (attend), b@ (bat), f@ (fat), h@ (hat)
  2. (social sciences) Replacing a and o to form gender-neutral terms for Latin-American ethnicities.
    e.g. Chican@, Latin@

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Hebrew[edit]

Symbol[edit]

@

  1. (computing) The symbol used as a separator between a username and a domain name in an e-mail address.

Usage notes[edit]

The symbol is called כְּרוּכִית ‎(krukhit, strudel; at sign, @), or sometimes colloquially שְׁטְרוּדֶל ‎(strudel; at sign, @).


Hungarian[edit]

Symbol[edit]

@

  1. (computing) The symbol used as a separator between a username and a domain name in an e-mail address.

Usage notes[edit]

The symbol is called kukac ‎(worm) in Hungarian because of its shape.


Japanese[edit]

Symbol[edit]

@

  1. at a rate of
    500@¥5
    500 items at a rate of 5 yen
  2. (slang) remaining (stands for あと (ato), mostly used in MMORPG)
    @5個
    @5こ
    @5 ko
    5 items remaining
    @1時間で寝る
    @1じかんでねる
    @1 jikan de neru
    I'll go to bed in a hour

Usage notes[edit]

The symbol is called 単価記号, たんかきごう (tanka kigō), アットマーク (attomāku), or アット (atto).


Malagasy[edit]

Abbreviation[edit]

@

  1. (informal) Abbreviation of amin'ny.

Portuguese[edit]

Symbol[edit]

@

  1. The symbol for the arroba unit of weight.

Russian[edit]

Symbol[edit]

@

  1. @

Usage notes[edit]

Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Symbol[edit]

@

  1. @

Usage notes[edit]

The sign has several possible names:

  • et
  • manki (Croatian)
  • луда »а« ‎(luda »a«, literally crazy ‘a’) (Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • мајмун ‎(majmun) (Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Spanish[edit]

Symbol[edit]

@

  1. The symbol for the arroba unit of weight and volume.
  2. The symbol for o and a to include both masculine and feminine forms.
    l@s alumn@s = los alumnos y las alumnas (the male and female students)

Turkish[edit]

@

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@

  1. her biri ‎(each)