Definition of marginalia in English:


plural noun

  • Notes written in the margins of a text.

    ‘the book was covered with marginalia’
    figurative ‘you will be relegated to the marginalia of political life’
    • ‘I read Hegel against the grain; proceeding from certain footnotes and marginalia in the texts, I move toward recovering the history of those which the dialectic leaves behind.’
    • ‘Harvey's extraordinarily wide range of interests is reflected in the marginalia beautifully written in the books he owned.’
    • ‘When he wrote marginalia into a German book published in Roman type, he composed the notes in Roman script (which I can read and translate).’
    • ‘I'll fail, but with vital qualifications that need to be explored in depth, probably with footnotes, addenda and marginalia.’
    • ‘Being able to take notes and jot marginalia onto the presentation slides on the fly would be excellent.’
    • ‘Whatever it was that I was looking at in a particular piece - first editions, marginalia, browsing - the underlying refrain has always been the Indian book lover's relationship to books.’
    • ‘I grew up reading novels with his marginalia, his underlinings, his traces.’
    • ‘I've always thought that some illuminated manuscripts resemble a hypertext (rubrications, etc.), particularly those that acquired marginalia from later users.’
    • ‘Jackson takes us through several case studies of marginalia - from Coleridge's many annotations to anonymous comments in library copies.’
    • ‘Today I leave for three more days of research on the marginalia in the personal library of Wisconsin's world-class poet, Lorine Niedecker.’
    • ‘Howe is a poet-archaeologist who writes poems by seizing on a word, phrase, or even the marginalia of a writer and excavating it for a half-seen or half-forgotten meaning.’
    • ‘I just finished it and I usually put marginalia in a book but, let me tell you, I had to get extra pages to write on.’
    • ‘There were learned papers on Oakeshott's marginalia on Kant, his epistemological separatism, his temporal solipsism, and even his Confucianism.’
    • ‘It is becoming clear to me it's the handwritten marginalia at issue, not the versions, since these would probably be available from computers, etc.’
    • ‘Manuscript marginalia certainly suggest that readers approached these texts with ideas of usefulness, and application in mind.’
    • ‘Do marginalia, cross-references and concordances offer models, or at least starting points, for thinking about the hypertext of the Web?’
    • ‘Patent researchers note that the marginalia will be lost in the process and fear that computer access will not be as complete as the present paper system.’
    • ‘In December of 2003, I spent a week at the library examining Niedecker's books and recording the marginalia I found into the library's database.’
    annotation, jotting, inscription, comment, footnote, entry, minute, record, item, memo, gloss, explanation, explication, elucidation
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Mid 19th century: from medieval Latin, neuter plural of marginalis, from margo, margin- (see margin).