Etymology
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asterisk (n.)

"figure used in printing and writing to indicate footnote, omission, etc., or to distinguish words or phrases as conjectural," late 14c., asterich, asterisc, from Late Latin asteriscus, from Greek asteriskos "little star," diminutive of aster "star" (from PIE root *ster- (2) "star"). As a verb from 1733.

updated on April 24, 2017

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Definitions of asterisk from WordNet
1
asterisk (v.)
mark with an asterisk;
Synonyms: star
2
asterisk (n.)
a star-shaped character * used in printing;
Synonyms: star
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