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The character or sign (&) representing the word and.
[Alteration of and per se and, & (the sign) by itself (means) and.]
(Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) the character (&), meaning and: John Brown & Co.
[C19: shortened from and per se and, that is, the symbol & by itself (represents) and]
a character or symbol (&) for and, as in Smith & Jones, Inc.
[1820–30; contraction of and per se and literally, (the symbol) & by itself (stands for) and]
A character (&) used in printing and writing to represent “and.”