American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- The symbol (¶).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The character ¶, used to mark the beginning of a new paragraph: same as paragraph, 4.
- n. The paragraph mark ¶.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Print.), obsolete a paragraph mark, ¶.
- Probably an alteration of Middle English pylcrafte, modification of Late Latin paragraphus. (Wiktionary)
- Alteration of Middle English pilcraft, pilcrow, paragraph, alteration (perhaps influenced by Middle English craft, skill, work, piece of work) of Old French paragrafe, pelagraphe, paragraph; see paragraph. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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