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Definition of "quotation" []

  • The act of quoting. (noun)
  • A passage quoted. (noun)
  • An explicit reference or allusion in an artistic work to a passage or element from another, usually well-known work: "Direct quotations from other paintings are fairly sparse” ( Robert Hughes). (noun)
  • The quoting of current prices and bids for securities and goods. (noun)
  • The prices or bids cited. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "quotation" in a sentence
  • "This quotation is a favorite of liberals, although it does not appear in the earliest and best manuscripts of the Gospel of Luke."
  • "This quotation is attributed to Bill Gates, but Mr. Shapiro suspects that it is apocryphal, and is seeking the person who either said it or first attributed it to Mr. Gates."
  • "He recalled the quotation from the English essayist Walter Bagehot: “We must not let daylight in upon the magic.”"