The Correct spelling is: parenthesis

Common misspellings of the word parenthesis are:

How do you spell parenthesis?. It is not paranthesis

  • n., pl. -ses (-sÄ“z').
    1. Either or both of the upright curved lines, ( ), used to mark off explanatory or qualifying remarks in writing or printing or enclose a sum, product, or other expression considered or treated as a collective entity in a mathematical operation.
      1. A qualifying or amplifying word, phrase, or sentence inserted within written matter in such a way as to be independent of the surrounding grammatical structure.
      2. A comment departing from the theme of discourse; a digression.
    2. An interruption of continuity; an interval: “This is one of the things I wasn't prepared for—the amount of unfilled time, the long parentheses of nothing” (Margaret Atwood).

    [Late Latin, insertion of a letter or syllable in a word, from Greek, from parentithenai, to insert : para-, beside; see para–1 + en-, in + tithenai, to put.]

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