grace note

  1. 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

Words Nearby grace note Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use grace note in a sentence

  • He whistled as Jacob had done before, but with another grace-note at the end.

    The Garden of Eden | Max Brand
  • 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

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

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