[mahr-juh-ney-lee-uh, -neyl-yuh]

plural noun

marginal notes.

Origin of marginalia

1825–35; < New Latin, noun use of neuter plural of Medieval Latin marginālis marginal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for marginalia

Historical Examples of marginalia

  • In an early number we propose to publish a selection from the letters of Lamb, and the "Marginalia" of Coleridge.

  • Poe said in one of his Marginalia that the man who dared to write the story of his heart would fire the paper upon which he wrote.


    James Huneker

  • Essays and Marginalia, and Poems, with a memoir by his brother Derwent, appeared in 1851.

  • For the great owners of the past, certainly, we regret that they were so sparing in marginalia.

  • Some of these marginalia were copied by subsequent scribes into the text, where, in our version, they still remain.

    Who Wrote the Bible?

    Washington Gladden

British Dictionary definitions for marginalia


pl n

notes in the margin of a book, manuscript, or letter

Word Origin for marginalia

C19: New Latin, noun (neuter plural) from marginālis marginal
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Word Origin and History for marginalia

1832, from Latin marginalia, neuter plural of adjective marginalis "marginal," from marginis (see margin).

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