Information & Library Science
- noun a second reference mark for footnotes
- noun a mark signifying ‘dead’ when placed before an English name
- noun a sign (†) that is used in printed texts to indicate a reference, especially to a footnote.
- verb to mark text with a dagger sign
- noun a long knife with a thin blade, designed for stabbing
Origin & History of “dagger”
Dagger has an uncertain history. there was a verb dag in middle English, meaning ‘stab’, which suggests that dagger may simply be ‘something that stabs’, but similarity of form and sense indicates a connection too with Old French dague ‘dagger’. this appears to have come via Old Provençal or Old Italian daga from a hypothetical vulgar Latin *daca, which meant literally ‘Dacian knife’ (from Latin Dācus ‘Dacian’). Dacia was the ancient name for an area roughly corresponding to modern Romania.