Meaning of octothorp in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɒktə(ʊ)θɔːp/


(also octothorpe)
  • Another term for the symbol # (the hash sign or pound sign).

    ‘By dialing the octothorpe (#) and 44, then saying ‘Messages,’ a subscriber can retrieve voice mail.’
    • ‘This starts with an octothorpe and consists of 6 hex numbers.’
    • ‘Common names for an octothorpe include number sign, hash (most common in the UK), or pound (US standard usage).’


1970s of uncertain origin; probably from octo- (referring to the eight points on the symbol) + the surname Thorpe.