written below (distinguished from adscript, superscript).


Also called subfix. any character, number, or symbol written next to and slightly below another.

Origin of subscript

1695–1705; < Latin subscrīptus (past participle of subscrībere to subscribe), equivalent to sub- sub- + scrīb(ere) to write + -tus past participle suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for subscript

index, addendum, appendix, subfix

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British Dictionary definitions for subscript



printing (of a character) written or printed below the lineCompare superscript


Also called: subindex a subscript character
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Word Origin and History for subscript

1704, "that which is written underneath," from Latin subscriptus, past participle of subscribere "write underneath" (see subscribe for etymology and sense development).

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