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Notes in the margin or margins of a book.

[New Latin, neuter pl. of Medieval Latin marginālis, marginal, from Latin margō, margin-, margin; see margin.]
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(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) notes in the margin of a book, manuscript, or letter
[C19: New Latin, noun (neuter plural) from marginālis marginal]
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(ˌmɑr dʒəˈneɪ li ə, -ˈneɪl yə)
marginal notes, as in a manuscript.
[1825–35; < New Latin, neuter pl. of Medieval Latin marginālis marginal]
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notes written in the margins of a book, as by a student.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.marginalia - notes written in the margin
note - a brief written record; "he made a note of the appointment"
scholia, scholium - a marginal note written by a scholiast (a commentator on ancient or classical literature)
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