[an-uh-tey-shuh n]


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

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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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.)).

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