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[uh-pos-til] /əˈpɒs tɪl/
a marginal annotation or note.
Also, apostille.
Origin of apostil
1520-30; < Middle French apostille, noun derivative of apostiller to add marginal notes, derivative, with a- a-5, of Medieval Latin postilla marginal note, perhaps from the phrase post illa (verba) after these (words), with illa construed as the Latin diminutive suffix Unabridged
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Examples from the web for apostille
  • Authentications are in the form of either an apostille or a gold seal certificate for use overseas.
  • apostille copies of vital records are routinely required for foreign use.
British Dictionary definitions for apostille


a marginal note
Word Origin
C16: from French apostille, from Old French apostiller to make marginal notes, from Medieval Latin postilla, probably from Latin post illa (verba) after those (words)
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Word Origin and History for apostille

"note, especially on text of the Bible," also apostil, 1520s, from French apostille (15c.), probably from Medieval Latin postilla, which probably represents Latin post illa, literally "after those."

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