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foot·​note ˈfu̇t-ˌnōt How to pronounce footnote (audio)
: a note of reference, explanation, or comment usually placed below the text on a printed page
: one that is a relatively subordinate or minor part (as of an event, work, or field)
a movement now regarded as a footnote to architectural history


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footnoted; footnoting; footnotes

transitive verb

: to furnish with a footnote : annotate

Examples of footnote in a Sentence

Noun a movement now regarded as a footnote to history
Recent Examples on the Web
In the original game, Zack is a minor character who serves as a footnote. Christopher Cruz, Rolling Stone, 22 Feb. 2024 With state officials and courts making decisions about Trump’s eligibility to be on ballots this year, given his incitement of the mob attack on the U.S. Capitol three years ago this week, here’s a contextual footnote from Spring Hill Cemetery, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Dan Rodricks, Baltimore Sun, 2 Jan. 2024 Cambridge Properties Holding booked a revaluation gain of £282 million by the end of 2022, months after completing the purchase of Selfridges from the Weston Family, according to a footnote to the financial accounts. Libby Cherry, Fortune Europe, 29 Dec. 2023 Despite his remarkable résumé, though, his role in the civil rights movement has often been treated as a footnote in the stories of other men. Los Angeles Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, 8 Dec. 2023 In a footnote, the panel stressed that its decision did not address the separate question of whether state prosecutors could charge a former president over official actions. Charlie Savage, New York Times, 6 Feb. 2024 When Novak Djokovic beat Jannik Sinner at the Nitto ATP Finals in Turin to claim a record seventh title, the Italian's victory over the Serb earlier that week in the group stage seemed like a mere footnote. Tim Ellis, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 The episodes also render Dodi — often reduced to a footnote in the Diana saga — in a more three-dimensional fashion, as someone who struggled to escape his father’s shadow. Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2023 Apple's general product page for the Apple Watch and its websites for the Series 9 and Ultra 2 now include tiny footnotes at the bottom, noting that its watches no longer have the blood oxygen monitoring capabilities that they were announced with. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 18 Jan. 2024
Mere footnotes at the bottom of Brady’s pigskin curriculum vitae. Ben Volin,, 10 Sep. 2023 Forgotten footnotes in the annals of sports history. Men's Health Editorial, Men's Health, 14 Aug. 2023 It’s not generally expected to footnote its references or adopt the citational rigor of nonfiction. Sophia Nguyen, Washington Post, 22 Mar. 2023 Increasingly art schools, including Central Saint Martins and the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), are teaching students to effectively footnote their mood boards. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 26 Oct. 2022 His argument is sophisticated and footnoted, but jargon-free and illustrated in a way that helps even readers with no economic training to follow it. The Economist, 12 Dec. 2019 That makes much of the display feel less like rewriting history than simply footnoting more thoroughly., 18 Oct. 2019 Each section comes heavily footnoted, indicating the appearance of traditional folk tale motifs — taboos, odd coincidences. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, 29 Oct. 2019 For instance, a recent booking at a local beach resort hotel was footnoted in the small print as having a $50-a-night fee for any vehicle brought to the property. Los Angeles Times, 17 Aug. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1864, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of footnote was in 1711

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“Footnote.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a note of reference, explanation, or comment usually placed below the text on a printed page
footnote verb
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