af·​ter·​note ˈaf-tər-ˌnōt How to pronounce afternote (audio)
plural afternotes
: a note that appears after the main body of a text
… made The Dead Alive a particularly fascinating read in 1874 because, as Collins wrote in an afternote, he based the novel on a real-life murder case …Tom McNamee, Chicago Sun-Times, 1 Jan. 2006
: a flavor of a food or drink that is sensed in the mouth after a more immediate or dominant flavor has receded
… while the ale's stronger, fruitier flavors masked the shellfish, the malt liquor provided only a slightly metallic afternote, letting through more of the essence of the mussels.Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 14 June 2001

Word History


after- + note entry 3

First Known Use

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of afternote was in 1829

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“Afternote.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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