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or a·pos·tille

  1. a marginal annotation or note.
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Origin of apostil

1520–30; < Middle French apostille, noun derivative of apostiller to add marginal notes, derivative, with a- a-5, of Medieval Latin postilla marginal note, perhaps from the phrase post illa (verba) after these (words), with illa construed as the Latin diminutive suffix
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Historical Examples

  • As for declarations from her, they must be satisfied with the Apostille which they had already received.

    The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume I.(of III) 1555-66

    John Lothrop Motley

British Dictionary definitions for apostille


  1. a marginal note
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Word Origin

C16: from French apostille, from Old French apostiller to make marginal notes, from Medieval Latin postilla, probably from Latin post illa (verba) after those (words)
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Word Origin and History for apostille


"note, especially on text of the Bible," also apostil, 1520s, from French apostille (15c.), probably from Medieval Latin postilla, which probably represents Latin post illa, literally "after those."

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