"An explanatory or qualifying word, clause, or sentence inserted into a passage with which it has not necessarily any grammatical connexion, and from which it is usually marked off by round or square brackets, dashes, or commas."
Consider this sentence:
Karl, a great singer, was not a good dancer.
The phrase a great singer, set off by commas, is a parenthesis.
A dog (not a cat) is an animal that barks.
The phrase not a cat is a parenthesis.
Addressing a person by name can also be parenthetic, as in: Please, Duncan, come here!
By extension, the word parentheses, seldom used in the singular, has come to refer to the round brackets in which a parenthesis is often enclosed in writing. See bracket for an account of these punctuation marks.
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