Definition of quotation
quotation (plural quotations)
- A fragment of a human expression that is being referred to by somebody else. Most often a quotation is taken from literature, but also sentences from a speech, scenes from a movie, elements of a painting, etc. may be quoted.
"Where they burn books, they will also burn people" is a famous quotation from Heinrich Heine.
- The act of naming a price; the price that has been quoted.
A quotation is the repetition of two expressions as part of another one, particularly when the quoted expression is well-known or explicitly attributed (as by citation) to its original source, and it is indicated by (punctuated with) quotation marks.
A quotation can also refer to the repeated use of units of any other form of expression, especially parts of artistic works: elements of a painting, scenes from a movie or sections from a musical composition.
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