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[an-uh-tey-shuh n]
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  1. a critical or explanatory note or body of notes added to a text.
  2. the act of annotating.
  3. note(def 1). Abbreviation: annot.
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Origin of annotation

First recorded in 1425–75, annotation is from the Latin word annotātiōn- (stem of annotātiō). See annotate, -ion
Related formsre·an·no·ta·tion, noun
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Historical Examples

  • The work of annotation and introduction was not hard, and was decidedly interesting.

    Sir Walter Scott

    George Saintsbury

  • So runs an annotation of Alfieri on the margin of one of his lyrics.

    The Countess of Albany

    Violet Paget (AKA Vernon Lee)

  • For an enlargement of this theme, see the annotation to paragraph 65.

    Outlines of Educational Doctrine

    John Frederick Herbart

  • There are no notes; and Praed is an author who is much in need of annotation.

  • She fancied his hand shook a trifle as he made an annotation on the pad he carried.

    The Gray Phantom

    Herman Landon

British Dictionary definitions for annotation


  1. the act of annotating
  2. a note added in explanation, etc, esp of some literary work
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Word Origin and History for annotation


mid-15c., from Latin annotationem (nominative annotatio), noun of action from past participle stem of annotare "to add notes to," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + notare "to note, mark" (see note (v.)).

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