The ampersand (&), also referred to as the and sign, is a logogram (a diagram standing for a word).
|∧, ۽, ⅋, ＆, et, 🙰, 🙱, 🙲, 🙳, 🙴, 🙵, Ɛ̸,|
|Writing system||Latin script|
|Language of origin||Latin language|
|Time period||~100 to present|
|Sisters||Ϗ/ϗ (ligature of κ, α and ι in a similar fashion to &)|
|Variations||∧, ۽, ⅋, ＆, et, 🙰, 🙱, 🙲, 🙳, 🙴, 🙵, Ɛ̸,|
|Other letters commonly used with||&C (etC)|
It represents the Latin conjunction et, meaning "and". The ampersand symbol is not only a logogram, but also a ligature. It joins the old handwritten Latin letters e and t of the word et, so that the word is represented as a single glyph.
With a c added on it means "et cetera", "and so on".
In everyday writing, the ampersand is sometimes written like a reversed 3 with a vertical line through it.