- The symbol "&" itself.
- The character in many logics acts as an operator connecting two propositions.
- A substitute for the word and in any context (though not generally used outside of signs and titles).
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Etymology: A contraction of "and per se--and," which is how the symbol was originally referred to in English.The character itself is a stylized E and T, or et, the Latin word for "and". Romans used such symbols at least since the first century AD, but the character may not have acquired its present form until the advent of calligraphy in the Middle Ages.
- Dutch: en-teken (also et-teken), ampersand
- French: esperluette , esperluète , perluète ; et commercial
- German: Et-Zeichen; Kaufmannsund
- Italian: e commerciale ; ampersand
- Spanish: y comercial ; et
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