American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Chiefly British A quotation mark.
- n. UK A type of quotation mark, denoted by ‘ (an "open inverted comma") or ’ (a "close inverted comma"). Often used instead of "inverted commas", which also means a "double style" inverted comma, denoted by “ ("open inverted commas") or ” ("close inverted commas"), in the United Kingdom.
- n. a punctuation mark used to attribute the enclosed text to someone else
- From the appearance of an apostrophe as a raised or "inverted" comma. (Wiktionary)
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