virgule

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Middle French virgule, from Latin virgula ‎(twig; scratch comma), from virga ‎(rod, branch) + -ulus ‎(forming diminutives).

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virgule ‎(plural virgules)

  1. (typography, obsolete or historical) A medieval punctuation mark similar to the slash/⟩ or pipe|⟩ and used as a scratch comma and caesura mark.
    • 1990, John McDermott, Punctuation for Now, p. 20:
      Other Chaucerian manuscripts had the virgule (or virgil or oblique: /) at the middle of lines.
  2. (typography, dated) Alternative name of slash/⟩ or ⟨⟩, particularly (literature) in its use to mark line breaks within quotes.
  3. (typography, dated) Alternative name of pipe|⟩, particularly (poetry) in its use to mark metrical feet.

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Czech[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Latin virgula, diminutive of virga ‎(rod, branch).

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virgule f

  1. divining rod

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Latin virgula, diminutive of virga ‎(rod, branch).

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Noun[edit]

virgule f ‎(plural virgules)

  1. comma (punctuation mark)
  2. (mathematics) decimal point (see usage notes)
    En Europe continentale, la virgule permet de noter la partie décimale; pi vaut environ 3,1415. — In continental Europe, the comma is used to denote the decimal part; pi is about 3.1415.

Usage notes[edit]

  • In France, unlike in English-speaking countries, a comma is used to separate the whole and decimal parts of a decimal, while a space (gap) is used to mark off thousands. So "100,000.9" ("one-hundred thousand point 9") is written in French as "100 000,9".
  • In mathematics, the translation is "decimal point", but "comma" can be a more appropriate translation. For example, il y a trois décimales après la virgule translates as there are three decimal places after the decimal point, but En France, on sépare la partie entière et la partie décimale avec une virgule is better translated as In France, you separate the whole and decimal parts with a comma rather than ... with a decimal point, as the former explains which symbol is used and the latter is misleading.

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Verb[edit]

virgule

  1. first-person singular present indicative of virguler
  2. third-person singular present indicative of virguler
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of virguler
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of virguler
  5. second-person singular imperative of virguler

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Latin virgula, diminutive of virga ‎(rod, branch).

Noun[edit]

virgule f ‎(plural virgules)

  1. (Jersey) comma

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Romanian[edit]

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virgule f pl

  1. plural of virgulă