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footnote

noun foot·note \ ˈfu̇t-ˌnōt \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

Definition of footnote

1 : a note of reference, explanation, or comment usually placed below the text on a printed page
2 a : 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
b : commentary 3a

Examples of footnote in a Sentence

  1. a movement now regarded as a footnote to history

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First Known Use of footnote

1711


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footnote

verb

Definition of footnote

transitive verb
: to furnish with a footnote : annotate

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First Known Use of footnote

1864


FOOTNOTE Defined for English Language Learners

footnote

noun

Definition of footnote for English Language Learners

  • : a note with added information that is placed below the text on a printed page

  • : someone or something that is remembered or regarded as a minor or unimportant part of an event, work, etc.


FOOTNOTE Defined for Kids

footnote

noun foot·note \ ˈfu̇t-ˌnōt \

Definition of footnote for Students

: a note at the bottom of a page


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