grace note


noun Music.

a note not essential to the harmony or melody, added as an embellishment, especially an appoggiatura.

Origin of grace note

First recorded in 1815–25 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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

grace note


music a note printed in small type to indicate that it is melodically and harmonically nonessential

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