[ 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.

Origin of annotation

First recorded in 1425–75, annotation is from the Latin word annotātiōn- (stem of annotātiō). See annotate, -ion

Related forms

re·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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