- A punctuation mark indicating possession or the omission of letters or numbers.
- A figure of speech in which an address is made to an absent or imaginary person or a personified abstraction.
Late 16th century: via latin from greek apostrophos "a turning away", from apo- "away from" + strophos "a turning".
- The apostrophe in "Bob"s house" indicates possession.
- The apostrophe in "don"t" indicates the contraction of "do not".
- The apostrophe in "o"clock" is used to indicate the missing letters of the word "of".
- In the poem, the speaker addresses the night sky in an apostrophe.
- The politician made an apostrophe to the nation in his speech.
Some random words: paving, moccasin, impingement