Definitions

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

  • The symbol (¶).

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  • 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.

Etymologies

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

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

Examples

  • Who knew, for example, that the backward P printer's mark that denotes a paragraph break is called a pilcrow or that the only letters formed in a clockwise direction are m, n, h, k, b, p and r?

    NPR Topics: News

  • nyokki: what i did is google the word pilcrow and i saw the symbol and copied it instead of going in character map. hope it makes it easier for you

    300 – Prepare for glory | My[confined]Space

  • There used to be a clunky paragraph sign known as a pilcrow ; initially it was a C with a slash drawn through it.

    Is This the Future of Punctuation

  • There is also a deep look at the @ symbol's new-found stardom, the octothorpe enjoying a new lease of life renamed as the "hashtag" in Twitter parlance, and the secretive pilcrow.

    Internet picks of the week

  • I'll start with remarks on little known formal names for some punctuation marks. pilcrow: ¶

    Archive 2008-05-01

  • MS Word wants to make anything that looks like a quote mark with a space, tab, or pilcrow in front of it into some kind of open-quote mark.

    Archive 2008-05-01

  • Other terms do it for me too: recently I was reminded by India that the symbol for a paragraph is called a pilcrow.

    Dear Clusterflock | clusterflock

  • The third type has a pilcrow ¶ but no paragraph break.

    A Treatise of Schemes and Tropes

  • In this e-text, the second type of paragraph is marked with a pilcrow ¶.

    A Treatise of Schemes and Tropes

  • In the printed book, some line numbers were shifted to avoid collision with the pilcrow symbol at the beginning of each seven-line stanza.

    Early English Meals and Manners

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