[ noht ]
/ noʊt /

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WATCH NOW: Why Does The Word "Note" Have 31 Definitions?

"Note" isn't a very noteworthy word at first glance ... but it is one very small word that describes a lot of common things.



verb (used with object), not·ed, not·ing.


    compare notes, to exchange views, ideas, or impressions: The returning tourists were sitting on the sun deck comparing notes.

Origin of note

1175–1225; (noun) Middle English (< Old French) < Medieval Latin nota sign for musical tone, Latin: mark, sign, lettering; (v.) Middle English noten < Old French noter to mark < Latin notāre, derivative of the noun

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Synonym study

3. See remark. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for note


/ (nəʊt) /


verb (tr; may take a clause as object)

See also notes

Derived Forms

noteless, adjective

Word Origin for note

C13: via Old French from Latin nota sign, indication
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with note


see bread and butter letter (note); compare notes; make a note of; of note; strike the right note; take note; take notes.

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