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From Late Latin asteriscus, from Ancient Greek ἀστερίσκος (asterískos, a little star, asterisk, used in manuscripts to mark passages), diminutive of ἀστήρ (astḗr, a star).


  • IPA(key): /ˈæstəɹɪsk/, /ˈæstɹɪsk/
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asterisk (plural asterisks)

  1. The symbol *.
    • 1754, Thomas Edwards, “Canon XVII”, in The Canons of Criticiſm [] [1], C. Bathurſt, page 195:
      He is in the right to put the Aſteriſks, not the Words into the text; becauſe They do indeed give us [notice, that there is in Them] as much additional meaning, as there would be in thoſe words which they ſo properly repreſent.
    • 1837, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Ethel Churchill, volume 2, page 13:
      "I having been looking at your pamphlet, and shewing it, but I mention no names. I don't see the use of names, for my part, unless it be to put in asterisks. It is—yes—very, indeed."
    • 1960 December, “The Glasgow Suburban Electrification is opened”, in Trains Illustrated, page 714:
      Above all, the 48-page timetables of the new service, which have been distributed free at every station in the scheme, are a model to the rest of B.R. For the first time on British Railways, so far as we are aware, a substantial timetable has been produced, not only without a single footnote but also devoid of all wearisome asterisks, stars, letter suffixes and other hieroglyphics.
    • 2021 September 12, Andrew Anthony, quoting Andrew Ross Sorkin, “‘We showed it was possible to create a movement from almost nothing’: Occupy Wall Street 10 years on”, in The Guardian[2]:
      The opposing view sees it as an abject failure and historically irrelevant. This verdict was neatly summed up by the New York Times financial columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin when he predicted, a year on from the event: “It will be an asterisk in the history books, if it gets a mention at all.”
  2. Something in the shape of or resembling the asterisk symbol.
  3. (sports, US) A blemish in an otherwise outstanding achievement.
    They came into the tournament highly ranked, but with a little bit of an asterisk as their last two wins had been unconvincing.



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asterisk (third-person singular simple present asterisks, present participle asterisking, simple past and past participle asterisked)

  1. (transitive) To mark or replace with an asterisk symbol (*); star.

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asterisk c (singular definite asterisken, plural indefinite asterisker)

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Declension of asterisk 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative asterisk asterisken asterisker asteriskerna
Genitive asterisks asteriskens asteriskers asteriskernas