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annotation (n.)

mid-15c., "a written comment," from Latin annotationem (nominative annotatio), noun of action from past-participle stem of annotare "to observe, remark," from ad "to" (see ad-) + notare "to mark, note, make a note," from nota "mark, sign, means of recognition" (see note (n.)). Related: Annotations.

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Definitions of annotation from WordNet

annotation (n.)
a comment or instruction (usually added);
Synonyms: note / notation
annotation (n.)
the act of adding notes;
Synonyms: annotating
From wordnet.princeton.edu