grace note

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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
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Examples from the Web for grace note

Historical Examples of 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

noun

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