Marginalia meaning

mär'jə-nā'lē-ə
Notes in the margin or margins of a book.
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Marginal notes.
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Notes in the margin of a document.

We actually know what the composer was thinking as he wrote the piece because we can read his handwritten marginalia on the manuscript.

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Origin of marginalia

  • New Latin neuter pl. of Medieval Latin marginālis marginal from Latin margō margin- margin margin
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From New Latin, from Medieval Latin neuter plural of marginalis (“on the periphery"), from Latin margo (“border, edge")
    From Wiktionary