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An ampersand (&) is a symbolic abbreviation for and, deriving from a digraph of the letters 'et' (et is Latin for and).

Historically, & was regarded as the 27th letter of the Latin alphabet. The name derives from and per se and.

It is generally used interchangeably with and. However, in film credits for story, screenplay, etc., & indicates a closer collaboration than and.

The ampersand represents a vowel in the orthography for the Marshallese language[?].

In computer programming, the ampersand corresponds to Unicode and ASCII character 38, or 0x0026.

In some computer programming languages, the & sign is used to indicate logical and.

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