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AMPERSAND. A printer's term for the characters & and æ, originally forms of Latin et (and), as in Gilbert & Sullivan. Both & and £ (short for libra pound) survive from the system of ABBREVIATION used by medieval scribes. Once a common replacement for and, it is now largely a flourish on business cards and letter-heads. It also occurs in &c, a variant of etc. It is short for and per se and: ‘and by itself (means) and’.

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ampersand the sign &, standing for and, as in Smith & Co, or Latin et, as in &c.. The word is recorded from the mid 19th century, and is an alteration of and per se and& by itself is and’, chanted as an aid to learning the sign.

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am·per·sand / ˈampərˌsand/ • n. the sign & (standing for and, as in Smith & Co., or the Latin et, as in &c.).

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ampersand XIX. For ‘and per se- and ’ i.e. ‘& by itself = and’ (in a primer, etc.).

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ampersandand, band, bland, brand, expand, firsthand, gland, grand, hand, land, manned, misunderstand, offhand, rand, righthand, Samarkand, sand, stand, strand, thirdhand, underhand, undermanned, understand, unplanned, untanned, withstand •graduand • hatband • armband •headband • neckband • sweatband •waistband • waveband • wristband •broadband • showband • noseband •saraband • backhand • chargehand •farmhand • deckhand • stagehand •freehand • millhand • behindhand •longhand •beforehand, forehand •shorthand • gangland • Lapland •flatland • no-man's-land • Saarland •farmland • grassland • marshland •fenland • wetland • Sudetenland •wasteland • dreamland • peatland •Matabeleland • Ngamiland •fairyland • Dixieland • Swaziland •Thailand • Rhineland • swampland •washland • homeland • Heligoland •Basutoland •clubland, scrubland •timberland • borderland •wonderland • Nagaland • Helgoland •Bechuanaland, Gondwanaland •Mashonaland • Damaraland •Nyasaland • platteland • hinterland •fatherland • motherland •Namaqualand • Öland • allemande •confirmand • ordinand • Ferdinand •Talleyrand • firebrand • Krugerrand •honorand • Witwatersrand •greensand • quicksand • analysand •Streisand • ampersand •bandstand, grandstand, handstand •hatstand • kickstand • inkstand •washstand • hallstand • news-stand

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