Definition of marginalia in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmɑːdʒɪˈneɪlɪə/

plural noun

Notes written in the margins of a text: the book was covered with marginalia figurative you will be relegated to the marginalia of political life
More example sentences
  • I read Hegel against the grain; proceeding from certain footnotes and marginalia in the texts, I move toward recovering the history of those which the dialectic leaves behind.
  • Harvey's extraordinarily wide range of interests is reflected in the marginalia beautifully written in the books he owned.
  • When he wrote marginalia into a German book published in Roman type, he composed the notes in Roman script (which I can read and translate).


Mid 19th century: from medieval Latin, neuter plural of marginalis, from margo, margin- (see margin).

Words that rhyme with marginalia

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