from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • The symbol (¶).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The paragraph mark ¶.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a paragraph mark, ¶.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character ¶, used to mark the beginning of a new paragraph: same as paragraph, 4.


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)
Probably an alteration of Middle English pylcrafte, modification of Late Latin paragraphus. (Wiktionary)


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