Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n.pl. Notes in the margin or margins of a book.

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  • n. Notes in the margin of a document.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.pl. Marginal notes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Marginal notes.
  • In sponges, spicules forming a collar round the osculum.

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  • n. notes written in the margin

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

New Latin, neuter pl. of Medieval Latin marginālis, marginal, from Latin margō, margin-, margin; see margin.

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From New Latin, from Medieval Latin neuter plural of marginalis ("on the periphery"), from Latin margo ("border, edge")

Examples

  • To get a book that has someone else's marginalia is even more special somehow.

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  • Suppose the men who deny the good faith of your marginalia are the small-souled creatures you would have us believe they are, they do not make this denial upon their personal responsibility merely; they produce facts.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 08, No. 47, September, 1861

  • Sharp readers will have noticed that, as it's currently designed, the entry's body is the same width as the page's title (700 px), and the marginalia is the same width as the leftmost column we styled earlier (124 px).

    Zach Klein's Universal Feed

  • The central image is a sort of generic court scene, while the "marginalia" will change to illustrate the changing seasons.

    Archive 2008-12-01

  • The center of the projection- a court scene at Camelot- will stay the same as the "marginalia" changes to reflect the changing seasons.

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  • "Back in the 19th century historians thought that 'marginalia' simply were the fancy of the artist and that the artist was illiterate," Hunt says.

    NEW BOOK ILLUMINATES MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPTS

  • IOW, we’re being distracted by quibbling over marginalia, which is an externality that amateurs use to flood the zone with astroturf and you know it.

    Green Alps #1 « Climate Audit

  • I'm not just talking about highbrow jottings: notes and queries, references and witticisms, the literary art of "marginalia" (a term coined in 1832 by that keenest of annotators, Samuel Taylor Coleridge).

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  • SCHOLARLY CONTEXT DRIVES THE DISCUSSION OF TOOLS Other technology topics surfaced as well: new multi-dimensional digitization technologies; re - positories to manage, preserve, and share images, video, text, and audio; technologies to create "marginalia"; wikis and collaborative writing; semantic services and search tools; sophisticated sensors to capture music and movement (Dance).

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  • I should admit, though -- for any codicological CBG's out there -- that technically the hooded gentleman above is not properly called "marginalia," as the sloping brow, beaked nose, and long tongue form the three arms of the capital E of Exultabunt, making our four-toothed friend more properly a decorative initial instead.

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  • This word was used in the book "The Name Of The Rose."

    June 9, 2012

  • This is such a cool site! However, on a picky note, I think the definitions need to include "nonessential information" as that is how many of the examples use it.

    February 20, 2012