Semicolon ;


Symbol Meaning

Semicolon is one of the punctuation marks implemented by Aldus Manutius in the 15th century. Approximately at the same period of time it was noticed in Russian texts. The main function of a semicolon is to separate parts of complex sentences and convey the average meaning somewhere between a period and a comma. In Greek and Church Slavonic languages, it indicates a question (there is a separate symbol in Unicode for it). See more types of semicolons: inverted, rotated, small.

As for other writing systems, there semicolons are replaced by the following marks:

· Greek.

؛ Arabic.



But. Armenian. Also used as a colon.

The symbol “Semicolon” is included in the “ASCII punctuation” subblock of the “Basic Latin” block and was approved as part of Unicode version 1.1 in 1993.

Text is also available in the following languages: Русский;

Unicode Name Semicolon
Unicode Number
CSS Code
Entity ;
Plane 0: Basic Multilingual Plane
Unicode Block Basic Latin
Unicode Subblock ASCII punctuation
Unicode Version 1.1 (1993)
Alt Code
Type of paired mirror bracket (bidi) None
Composition Exclusion No
Case change 003B
Simple case change 003B
Grapheme_Base +
scripts Common
Terminal_Punctuation +
Pattern_Syntax +
Encoding hex dec (bytes) dec binary
UTF-8 3B 59 59 00111011
UTF-16BE 00 3B 0 59 59 00000000 00111011
UTF-16LE 3B 00 59 0 15104 00111011 00000000
UTF-32BE 00 00 00 3B 0 0 0 59 59 00000000 00000000 00000000 00111011
UTF-32LE 3B 00 00 00 59 0 0 0 989855744 00111011 00000000 00000000 00000000

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