Meaning of “asterisk” in the English Dictionary

"asterisk" in British English

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asterisknoun [ C ]

uk /ˈæs.tər.ɪsk/ us /ˈæs.tɚ.ɪsk/

the symbol * , used to refer readers to a note at the bottom of a page of text, or to show that a letter is missing from a word:

Sometimes taboo words are written with asterisks to avoid causing offence.

More examples

  • Use an asterisk to represent any letter you do not know.
  • Where is the asterisk on this keyboard?
  • The sections are divided with a line of asterisks.

asteriskverb [ T ]

uk /ˈæs.tər.ɪsk/ us /ˈæs.tɚ.ɪsk/

(Definition of “asterisk” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"asterisk" in American English

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asterisknoun [ C ]

us /ˈæs·tərˌɪsk/

a symbol (*) shaped like a star

Note: Asterisks are usually used to show that additional information is given at the bottom of a page of text.

(Definition of “asterisk” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)