What Does & Mean?

& means "And." The icon & is known as an ampersand. It is widely used in written English and is derived from the Latin word "et," which means "And."

Summary of Key Points

"And" is the definition of &, including on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Here is some more information about &:
Guessability:guessability level 1

1: Easy to guess

Typical Users:typical user

Adults, Teenagers, and Under 13s

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When I write &, I mean this:

meaning of &

& is shorthand for "And."


Examples of & in Sentences

Here are examples of & being used in conversations:
  • UB40: Baby, come back!
  • Pato Banton: With my colour TV & my CD collection of Bob Marley.
  • Paul: Is it OK to use & in my letter to the boss?
  • Ana: It depends. You generally shouldn't use & except in informal situations. However, sometimes it's OK in things like company names.

An Academic Look at &

The ampersand "&" can be considered an iconic abbreviation. It is a visual representation used as an abbreviation of the word "And."

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

The use of the ampersand "&" as an abbreviation of the word "And" predates the digital era by probably at least 2000 years!

Example of & Used in a Text

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