[ an-uh-tey-shuh n ]
/ ˌæn əˈteɪ ʃən /


a critical or explanatory note or body of notes added to a text.
the act of annotating.
note(def 1). Abbreviation: annot.

Nearby words

  1. annona family,
  2. annonaceous,
  3. annot.,
  4. annotate,
  5. annotated,
  6. annotinous,
  7. announce,
  8. announcement,
  9. announcer,
  10. annoy

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for annotation


/ (ˌænəʊˈteɪʃən, ˌænə-) /


the act of annotating
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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper