Quiz: Remember the definition of mal de mer?


[foo t-noht] /ˈfʊtˌnoʊt/
an explanatory or documenting note or comment at the bottom of a page, referring to a specific part of the text on the page.
a minor or tangential comment or event added or subordinated to a main statement or more important event.
verb (used with object), footnoted, footnoting.
to add a footnote or footnotes to (a text, statement, etc.); annotate:
to footnote a dissertation.
1835-45; foot + note Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for footnotes
  • As a general practice, give the references in parenthesis or in footnotes, not in the body of the sentence.
  • The primary author index encourages tracing the evolution of quotations over time via thousands of hyperlinked footnotes.
  • The chances are good that you'll find it, probably buried deep in the footnotes.
  • So are scholarly footnotes, with their numbered links between the main body of the text and supplementary scholarship.
  • In all the articles, the interesting things are either in the throwaway comments at the end or in footnotes.
  • Where there is scholarly uncertainty, this is usually indicated by the footnotes.
  • The time and frustration required to access an e-book's footnotes and then click back to the text is absolutely maddening.
  • Her habit of accuracy provides running footnotes to the autobiography her husband likes to tell.
  • But no worries--old recipes have plenty of footnotes here.
  • My theory was no longer a theory, but indisputable facts complete with footnotes.
British Dictionary definitions for footnotes


a note printed at the bottom of a page, to which attention is drawn by means of a reference mark in the body of the text
an additional comment, as to a main statement
(transitive) to supply (a page, book, etc) with footnotes
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for footnotes



1841, from foot (n.) + note (n.). So called from its original position at the foot of a page. Also sometimes formerly Bottom note. As a verb, from 1864. Related: Footnoted; footnoting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for footnote

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for footnotes

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with footnotes

Nearby words for footnotes