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[mahr-juh-ney-lee-uh, -neyl-yuh] /ˌmɑr dʒəˈneɪ li ə, -ˈneɪl yə/
plural noun
marginal notes.
Origin of marginalia
1825-35; < New Latin, noun use of neuter plural of Medieval Latin marginālis marginal Unabridged
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  • E-books cannot trace decades of marginalia or allow a writer to inscribe her work.
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  • Use marginalia to describe the craft the author used.
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  • By not including much text in the marginalia, map production time is greatly reduced.
  • Date information on the individual layers comprising this map are given as part of the marginalia of this map.
British Dictionary definitions for marginalia


plural noun
notes in the margin of a book, manuscript, or letter
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, noun (neuter plural) from marginālis marginal
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Word Origin and History for marginalia

1832, from Latin marginalia, neuter plural of adjective marginalis "marginal," from marginis (see margin).

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