footnote

[foo t-noht]
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noun
  1. an explanatory or documenting note or comment at the bottom of a page, referring to a specific part of the text on the page.
  2. a minor or tangential comment or event added or subordinated to a main statement or more important event.
verb (used with object), foot·not·ed, foot·not·ing.
  1. to add a footnote or footnotes to (a text, statement, etc.); annotate: to footnote a dissertation.

Origin of footnote

First recorded in 1835–45; foot + note
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Related Words for footnote

explanation, reference, afterthought

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British Dictionary definitions for footnote

footnote

noun
  1. a note printed at the bottom of a page, to which attention is drawn by means of a reference mark in the body of the text
  2. an additional comment, as to a main statement
verb
  1. (tr) to supply (a page, book, etc) with footnotes
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Word Origin and History for footnote
n.

1841, from foot (n.) + note (n.). So called from its original position at the foot of a page. Also sometimes formerly Bottom note. As a verb, from 1864. Related: Footnoted; footnoting.

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