1. a critical or explanatory note or body of notes added to a text.
  2. the act of annotating.
  3. note(def 1). Abbreviation: annot.


  1. the act of annotating
  2. a note added in explanation, etc, esp of some literary work

mid-15c., from Latin annotationem (nominative annotatio), noun of action from past participle stem of annotare “to add notes to,” from ad- “to” (see ad-) + notare “to note, mark” (see note (v.)).

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