Definition of marginalia
- the meat and marginalia of American politics
- —Saturday Rev.
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We don't consider a word's etymology to be marginalia, so we'll start off by telling you the etymology of this one. Marginalia is a New Latin word that can be traced back to the Latin forms margin- and margo, meaning "margin." Marginalia is a relatively new word; our earliest evidence of its use is from 1819. The related adjective marginal is quite a bit older; it was first used in 1573. On the other end of the spectrum is another relative, marginalize. That word was first used in 1970.
First Known Use: 1819See Words from the same year
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