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From foot +‎ note.



footnote (plural footnotes)

  1. A short piece of text, often numbered, placed at the bottom of a printed page, that adds a comment, citation, reference etc, to a designated part of the main text
  2. (by extension) An event of lesser importance than some larger event to which it is related
    • 2014, Michael White, "Roll up, roll up! The Amazing Salmond will show a Scotland you won't believe", The Guardian, 8 September 2014:
      In that context Scotland's fate is a modest element, a symptom of wider fragmentation of the current global order, a footnote to the fall of empire and the Berlin Wall, important to us and punchdrunk neighbours like France and Italy, a mere curiosity to emerging titans like Brazil.



footnote (third-person singular simple present footnotes, present participle footnoting, simple past and past participle footnoted)

  1. To add footnotes to a text; to annotate.

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