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A backreference allows a previously matched subexpression to be identified subsequently in the same regular expression. The following table lists the backreference constructs supported by regular expressions in the .NET Framework.

PatternDescriptionSampleMatches
\ numberBackreference. Matches the value of a numbered subexpression.(\w)\1"ee" in "seek"
\k<name>Named backreference. Matches the value of a named expression.(?<char>\w)\k<char>"ee" in "seek"