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  1. a brief record of something written down to assist the memory or for future reference.
  2. notes, a record or outline of a speech, statement, testimony, etc., or of one's impressions of something.
  3. 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.
  4. a brief written or printed statement giving particulars or information.
  5. Library Science. additional information about a work, such as its special series or some other significant identification, included on the library catalog entry.
  6. a short, informal letter: a thank-you note.
  7. a formal diplomatic or official communication in writing: a note delivered by the ambassador.
  8. a paper acknowledging a debt and promising payment; promissory note.
  9. a certificate, as of a government or a bank, accepted as money.
  10. eminence, distinction, or reputation: a man of note.
  11. importance or consequence: few events of particular note.
  12. notice, observation, or heed: to take note of warning signs; to be worthy of note.
  13. a characteristic or distinguishing feature: a note of whimsy in the design of the house.
  14. a mark, quality, or indication of something, especially as a submerged but ubiquitous element: There was just a note of bitterness in his films.
  15. a characteristic way of speaking or thinking: His critics had begun to change their note.
  16. a signal, announcement, or intimation: a note of warning in her voice.
  17. Music.
    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.
  18. a tone sounded on a musical instrument.
  19. a musical sound or tone.
  20. a melody, tune, or song.
  21. a sound of musical quality, as one uttered by a bird: attentive to the thrush's note.
  22. any call, cry, or sound of a bird, fowl, etc.
  23. a new or unexpected element in a situation.
  24. a mark or sign, as of punctuation, used in writing or printing.
verb (used with object), not·ed, not·ing.
  1. to write or mark down briefly; make a memorandum of: to note the places of interest.
  2. to make particular mention of in a writing: She noted their extra efforts in her report.
  3. to annotate.
  4. to observe carefully; give attention or heed to: Note the fine brushwork in this painting.
  5. to take notice of; perceive: We noted his concern at the announcement.
  6. to set down in or furnish with musical notes.
  7. to indicate or designate; signify; denote.
  1. 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 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

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Synonym study

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

Related Words for noting

seeing, perceiving, observing, observant

Examples from the Web for noting

Contemporary Examples of noting

Historical Examples of noting

  • In this way the density of the ether has been deduced by noting the velocity of light.

    The Machinery of the Universe

    Amos Emerson Dolbear

  • But noting my hesitation, and misconstruing it, she forestalled me.

  • Noting the pause and the look, Esteban bounded forward, his face livid.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • "Monsieur de Lesperon," she called softly to me, noting my silence.

  • But Tolto, noting that the princess had not followed, hurried out in search for her.

    The Martian Cabal

    Roman Frederick Starzl

British Dictionary definitions for noting


  1. a brief summary or record in writing, esp a jotting for future reference
  2. a brief letter, usually of an informal nature
  3. a formal written communication, esp from one government to another
  4. a short written statement giving any kind of information
  5. a critical comment, explanatory statement, or reference in the text of a book, often preceded by a number
  6. short for banknote
  7. a characteristic element or atmospherea note of sarcasm
  8. a distinctive vocal sound, as of a species of bird or animalthe note of the nightingale
  9. 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
  10. Also called (esp US and Canadian): tone a musical sound of definite fundamental frequency or pitch
  11. a key on a piano, organ, etc
  12. a sound, as from a musical instrument, used as a signal or warningthe note to retreat was sounded
  13. short for promissory note
  14. archaic, or poetic a tune or melody
  15. of note
    1. distinguished or famousan athlete of note
    2. worth noticing or paying attention to; importantnothing of note
  16. strike the right note to behave appropriately
  17. strike a false note to behave inappropriately
  18. take note (often foll by of) to observe carefully; pay close attention (to)
verb (tr; may take a clause as object)
  1. to notice; perceivehe noted that there was a man in the shadows
  2. to pay close attention to; observethey noted every movement
  3. to make a written note or memorandum ofshe noted the date in her diary
  4. to make particular mention of; remark uponI note that you do not wear shoes
  5. to write down (music, a melody, etc) in notes
  6. 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)
  7. 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 noting



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 noting


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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