well-known; celebrated; famous: a noted scholar.
provided with musical notation, a musical score, etc.: The text is illustrated with noted examples from the symphonies.

Nearby words

  1. note-paper,
  2. note-perfect,
  3. notebook,
  4. notebook computer,
  5. notecase,
  6. notedly,
  7. noteholder,
  8. noteless,
  9. notelessly,
  10. notelet

Origin of noted

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at note, -ed2

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a brief record of something written down to assist the memory or for future reference.
notes, a record or outline of a speech, statement, testimony, etc., or of one's impressions of something.
an explanatory or critical comment, or a reference to some authority quoted, appended to a passage in a book or the like: a note on the origin of the phrase.
a brief written or printed statement giving particulars or information.
Library Science. additional information about a work, such as its special series or some other significant identification, included on the library catalog entry.
a short, informal letter: a thank-you note.
a formal diplomatic or official communication in writing: a note delivered by the ambassador.
a paper acknowledging a debt and promising payment; promissory note.
a certificate, as of a government or a bank, accepted as money.
eminence, distinction, or reputation: a man of note.
importance or consequence: few events of particular note.
notice, observation, or heed: to take note of warning signs; to be worthy of note.
a characteristic or distinguishing feature: a note of whimsy in the design of the house.
a mark, quality, or indication of something, especially as a submerged but ubiquitous element: There was just a note of bitterness in his films.
a characteristic way of speaking or thinking: His critics had begun to change their note.
a signal, announcement, or intimation: a note of warning in her voice.
  1. a sign or character used to represent a tone, its position and form indicating the pitch and duration of the tone.
  2. a key, as of a piano.
a tone sounded on a musical instrument.
a musical sound or tone.
a melody, tune, or song.
a sound of musical quality, as one uttered by a bird: attentive to the thrush's note.
any call, cry, or sound of a bird, fowl, etc.
a new or unexpected element in a situation.
a mark or sign, as of punctuation, used in writing or printing.

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

to write or mark down briefly; make a memorandum of: to note the places of interest.
to make particular mention of in a writing: She noted their extra efforts in her report.
to observe carefully; give attention or heed to: Note the fine brushwork in this painting.
to take notice of; perceive: We noted his concern at the announcement.
to set down in or furnish with musical notes.
to indicate or designate; signify; denote.

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

Examples from the Web for noted

British Dictionary definitions for noted



distinguished; celebrated; famous
of special note or significance; noticeablea noted increase in the crime rate
Derived Formsnotedly, adverb



a brief summary or record in writing, esp a jotting for future reference
a brief letter, usually of an informal nature
a formal written communication, esp from one government to another
a short written statement giving any kind of information
a critical comment, explanatory statement, or reference in the text of a book, often preceded by a number
short for banknote
a characteristic element or atmospherea note of sarcasm
a distinctive vocal sound, as of a species of bird or animalthe note of the nightingale
any of a series of graphic signs representing a musical sound whose pitch is indicated by position on the stave and whose duration is indicated by the sign's shape
Also called (esp US and Canadian): tone a musical sound of definite fundamental frequency or pitch
a key on a piano, organ, etc
a sound, as from a musical instrument, used as a signal or warningthe note to retreat was sounded
short for promissory note
archaic, or poetic a tune or melody
of note
  1. distinguished or famousan athlete of note
  2. worth noticing or paying attention to; importantnothing of note
strike the right note to behave appropriately
strike a false note to behave inappropriately
take note (often foll by of) to observe carefully; pay close attention (to)

verb (tr; may take a clause as object)

to notice; perceivehe noted that there was a man in the shadows
to pay close attention to; observethey noted every movement
to make a written note or memorandum ofshe noted the date in her diary
to make particular mention of; remark uponI note that you do not wear shoes
to write down (music, a melody, etc) in notes
to take (an unpaid or dishonoured bill of exchange) to a notary public to re-present the bill and if it is still unaccepted or unpaid to note the circumstances in a registerSee protest (def. 12)
a less common word for annotate
See also notes

Derived Formsnoteless, adjective

Word Origin for note

C13: via Old French from Latin nota sign, indication

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

Idioms and Phrases with noted


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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