- a brief record of something written down to assist the memory or for future reference.
- notes, a record or outline of a speech, statement, testimony, etc., or of one's impressions of something.
- an explanatory or critical comment, or a reference to some authority quoted, appended to a passage in a book or the like: a note on the origin of the phrase.
- a brief written or printed statement giving particulars or information.
- Library Science. additional information about a work, such as its special series or some other significant identification, included on the library catalog entry.
- a short, informal letter: a thank-you note.
- a formal diplomatic or official communication in writing: a note delivered by the ambassador.
- a paper acknowledging a debt and promising payment; promissory note.
- a certificate, as of a government or a bank, accepted as money.
- eminence, distinction, or reputation: a man of note.
- importance or consequence: few events of particular note.
- notice, observation, or heed: to take note of warning signs; to be worthy of note.
- a characteristic or distinguishing feature: a note of whimsy in the design of the house.
- a mark, quality, or indication of something, especially as a submerged but ubiquitous element: There was just a note of bitterness in his films.
- a characteristic way of speaking or thinking: His critics had begun to change their note.
- a signal, announcement, or intimation: a note of warning in her voice.
- a sign or character used to represent a tone, its position and form indicating the pitch and duration of the tone.
- a key, as of a piano.
- a tone sounded on a musical instrument.
- a musical sound or tone.
- a melody, tune, or song.
- a sound of musical quality, as one uttered by a bird: attentive to the thrush's note.
- any call, cry, or sound of a bird, fowl, etc.
- a new or unexpected element in a situation.
- a mark or sign, as of punctuation, used in writing or printing.
- to write or mark down briefly; make a memorandum of: to note the places of interest.
- to make particular mention of in a writing: She noted their extra efforts in her report.
- to annotate.
- to observe carefully; give attention or heed to: Note the fine brushwork in this painting.
- to take notice of; perceive: We noted his concern at the announcement.
- to set down in or furnish with musical notes.
- to indicate or designate; signify; denote.
- compare notes, to exchange views, ideas, or impressions: The returning tourists were sitting on the sun deck comparing notes.
Origin of note
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Examples from the Web for note
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January 6, 2015
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December 15, 2014
Hitchcock dropped a note to the hotel asking if it would be possible to buy some.
So I send a note out to his house with Tony, his driver, who promises he'll put it directly into Hitch's hand.
Editor's Note: This article has been revised to include the definition and text of Section 12.Prof: MIT Hospitalized Me For Ferguson Tweets
December 11, 2014
When I hear a note of music, can I not at once strike its chord?Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
She withdrew, and presently came back with a note which she despatched to Mauburn.
He stood in deep shadow and the girl had been too absorbed in the play to note his coming.
Left a note for my brother, advising him to camp here the first night.Explorations in Australia
It is curious to note the extent to which the unexpected has come about.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
- a brief summary or record in writing, esp a jotting for future reference
- a brief letter, usually of an informal nature
- a formal written communication, esp from one government to another
- a short written statement giving any kind of information
- a critical comment, explanatory statement, or reference in the text of a book, often preceded by a number
- short for banknote
- a characteristic element or atmospherea note of sarcasm
- a distinctive vocal sound, as of a species of bird or animalthe note of the nightingale
- any of a series of graphic signs representing a musical sound whose pitch is indicated by position on the stave and whose duration is indicated by the sign's shape
- Also called (esp US and Canadian): tone a musical sound of definite fundamental frequency or pitch
- a key on a piano, organ, etc
- a sound, as from a musical instrument, used as a signal or warningthe note to retreat was sounded
- short for promissory note
- archaic, or poetic a tune or melody
- of note
- distinguished or famousan athlete of note
- worth noticing or paying attention to; importantnothing of note
- strike the right note to behave appropriately
- strike a false note to behave inappropriately
- take note (often foll by of) to observe carefully; pay close attention (to)
- to notice; perceivehe noted that there was a man in the shadows
- to pay close attention to; observethey noted every movement
- to make a written note or memorandum ofshe noted the date in her diary
- to make particular mention of; remark uponI note that you do not wear shoes
- to write down (music, a melody, etc) in notes
- to take (an unpaid or dishonoured bill of exchange) to a notary public to re-present the bill and if it is still unaccepted or unpaid to note the circumstances in a registerSee protest (def. 12)
- a less common word for annotate
Word Origin and History for note
c.1200, "observe, take mental note of, mark carefully," from Old French noter "indicate, designate; take note of, write down," from Latin notare "to mark, to note, to make a note," from nota "mark, sign, note, character, letter" (see note (n.)). Meaning "to set in writing" is from early 14c. Related: Noted; noting.
c.1300, "a song, music, instrumental music; a musical note," from Latin nota "letter, character, note," originally "a mark, sign, means of recognition," which is perhaps related to notus, past participle of noscere (Old Latin *gnoscere) "to know" (see know). Meaning "notice, attention, reputation" is early 14c. Meaning "brief writing" is from 1540s.