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.

Origin of noted

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at note, -ed2
Related formsnot·ed·ly, adverbnot·ed·ness, nounun·der·not·ed, adjectiveun·not·ed, adjectivewell-not·ed, adjective

Synonyms for noted

Antonyms for noted




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
Related formsnot·er, nounpre·note, noun, verb (used with object), pre·not·ed, pre·not·ing.sub·note, nounun·der·note, nounun·not·ing, adjective

Synonyms for note

Synonym study

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

Examples from the Web for noted

Contemporary Examples of noted

Historical Examples of noted

  • Upon her face was still the amused look Percival had noted below.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • She was quite still, and he noted from the change in her soft breathing that she slept.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Yet do I know what a task I have undertaken, because of the knack you are noted for at writing.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • He noted the direction of Andrew's eyes while he jotted down the items.

  • Darwin has noted that the condor was only to be found in the neighborhood of such cliffs.

    Flying Machines

    W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell

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

c.1300, "observed," past participle adjective from note (v.). Meaning "observed for some special quality" is from 1590s. Related: Notedness.



c.1300, "a song, music, instrumental music; a musical note," from Latin nota "letter, character, note," originally "a mark, sign, means of recognition," which is perhaps related to notus, past participle of noscere (Old Latin *gnoscere) "to know" (see know). Meaning "notice, attention, reputation" is early 14c. Meaning "brief writing" is from 1540s.



c.1200, "observe, take mental note of, mark carefully," from Old French noter "indicate, designate; take note of, write down," from Latin notare "to mark, to note, to make a note," from nota "mark, sign, note, character, letter" (see note (n.)). Meaning "to set in writing" is from early 14c. Related: Noted; noting.

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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