[ end-noht ]
/ ˈɛndˌnoʊt /
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a note, as of explanation, emendation, or the like, added at the end of an article, chapter, etc.


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Origin of endnote

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What’s the difference between an endnote and a footnote?

An endnote is a note at the end of a text (such as an article, a chapter, or an entire book). A footnote is a note at the bottom (the “foot”) of a page.

The difference between endnotes and footnotes is their location, not their function. Both consist of information added to a text in another spot, such as an explanation or a citation of a source. They are both usually indicated with some kind of mark, often an asterisk* or a number¹. The same mark appears in another part of the text along with the corresponding note, either at the end of the text (making it an endnote) or at the bottom of the page (making it a footnote).

Of course, if an article is only a single page, the note at the end could be called a footnote or an endnote.

Here’s an example of endnote and footnote used correctly in the same sentence.

Example: I use footnotes for tangential information so that readers can access it without turning the page, but I use endnotes for citations so they don’t clutter up the page.

Want to learn more? Read the full breakdown of the difference between endnote and footnote.

Quiz yourself on endnote vs. footnote!

Should endnote or footnote be used in the following sentence?

I thought I had a lot more to read, but then I realized that there is a 27-page _____ section at the end of the book!

How to use endnote in a sentence