[ noht ]
/ noʊt /

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

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.

Nearby words

  1. notch baby,
  2. notch effect,
  3. notchback,
  4. notched collar,
  5. notchy,
  6. note broker,
  7. note of hand,
  8. note row,
  9. note value,
  10. note verbale


    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

Related forms

Synonym study

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

Examples from the Web for note

British Dictionary definitions for note


/ (nəʊt) /


verb (tr; may take a clause as object)

See also notes

Derived Formsnoteless, 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

Word Origin and History for note
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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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