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English definition of “footnote”


noun     /ˈfʊt.nəʊt/ US  /-noʊt/
[C] a note printed at the bottom of a page that gives extra information about something that has been written on that page Information and messages [C usually singular] an event , subject , or detail that is not important : His tumultuous triumph five years ago now seems a mere footnote in history .Things of little importance
(Definition of footnote noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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