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 History of this Word

"character" is from "carecter" (mark), spoken by people in England during 1100-1550 A.D.
which is from "caractere", spoken in France during 1000-1400 A.D.
which is from "character" (mark of quality), spoken by ancient people in central Italy around 700 B.C.
which is from "charakter" (to sharpen), spoken by people of Greece starting about 1000 B.C.

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grammar is noun

ASCII is a part of "character"

"character" is a part of Internet

Definition

character illustration A symbol that enables (either alone or in combination) convenient visual communication of a word or idea. Created to aid communication. Can be altered so long as it is still recognized.

Examples of how the word is used

character illustration Thus a character is any single unit in a writing system
character illustration That alphabet has 25 characters