Definition of asterisk noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

asterisk

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BrE BrE//ˈæstərɪsk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæstərɪsk//
 
Punctuation
 
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the symbol ( * ) placed next to a particular word or phrase to make people notice it or to show that more information is given in another place I've placed an asterisk next to the tasks I want you to do first. If you have an asterisk key on your telephone, please press it now. See related entries: Punctuation Word Origin late Middle English: via late Latin from Greek asteriskos ‘small star’, diminutive of astēr.

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