noun \ˈas-tə-ˌrisk, especially in plural also ÷-ˌrik\

: a symbol * that is used in printed text especially to tell someone to read a note that can be found at the bottom of a page

Full Definition of ASTERISK

:  the character * used in printing or writing as a reference mark, as an indication of the omission of letters or words, to denote a hypothetical or unattested linguistic form, or for various arbitrary meanings
as·ter·isk·less \-ləs\ adjective

Origin of ASTERISK

Middle English, astarisc, from Late Latin asteriscus, from Greek asteriskos, literally, little star, diminutive of aster-, astēr
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile



Definition of ASTERISK

transitive verb
:  to mark with an asterisk :  star

First Known Use of ASTERISK

circa 1733


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