a note not essential to the harmony or melody, added as an embellishment, especially an appoggiatura.
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Origin of grace note
First recorded in 1815–25
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Examples from the Web for grace note
In the second bar a note which the editor had taken for an eighth-note was explained by the Composer as being a grace-note.The Shadow World|Hamlin Garland
British Dictionary definitions for grace note
music a note printed in small type to indicate that it is melodically and harmonically nonessential
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