braces ({ })
Definition - The name of the { } symbols.


1. Use them to indicate a series of choices.

Select your poison {whiskey, arsenic, bacon fat} and then jump.

2. Use them to indicate that series of lines is to be considered as a unit.

{Roses are red
Violets are nice
Potatoes are tasty
But I prefer rice}

Etymology -
The word derives from the Latin bracchia, arms.

Oxford English Dictionary -
The term's first citation in this sense is from 1656:
"With Printers a Brace is that which couples two or more words together."
(Blount, Glossographia )

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