Definition of footnote in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfʊtnəʊt/


1An additional piece of information printed at the bottom of a page.
Example sentences
  • If the income statement, balance sheet and statement of cash flow make up the core of a company's financial information, then the footnotes are the fine print that explains this core.
  • Your Honours will see section 61 set out at page 412 at the bottom in the footnote on the page.
  • The bottom footnote provides general information about certain nutrients.
note, marginal note, annotation, comment, gloss;
aside, incidental remark, digression, parenthesis;
(footnotesnotation, marginalia, commentary
rare scholium
1.1A thing that is additional or less important: this incident seemed destined to become a mere footnote in history
More example sentences
  • Our temporary political masters may denigrate his ideals and smash the organisations for which he worked, but men of his calibre will be honoured when his denigrators are mere footnotes in the sordid history of these times.
  • In any case, Villa fell quickly from the canon of modern American poetry and now seems a mere footnote to its history.
  • But there is more to this than a mere footnote in American film history.


[with object]
Add a footnote or footnotes to (a piece of writing).
Example sentences
  • But in a phone interview, Troy says that under current academic standards it would be ‘unacceptable’ if a student did what Simon did as a part of his coursework without footnoting the book or putting it in his bibliography.
  • The Italian text is heavily footnoted to give suitable references to and nuances of Machiavelli's dialogue and there is a most useful ‘Vocabulary’ which is designed to help those with only a small grasp of Italian to translate the play.
  • Should ‘Lamia’ be footnoted for clarification or should it simply be substituted with ‘Dragon,’ which is not quite the same thing at all.

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