Definition -
(1) (noun) Words that have been quoted.
(2) (verb) The act of quoting words.

Example -
Think he said, "To be or not to be" — but that's a good question.

Etymology -
The word derives via Old French from the Latin citare, to summon.

Oxford English Dictionary -
Its first citation in sense (1) above is from 1548:
"These two citations here ensuyng."
(1548 Udall, etc. Erasm. Par. Matt. i. 19)

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