shape note


a musical note in which the degree of the scale is indicated by the shape of the note's head.

Nearby words

  1. shantytown,
  2. shanxi,
  3. shaoxing,
  4. shaoyang,
  5. shape,
  6. shape up,
  7. shape-note singing,
  8. shape-up,
  9. shaped,
  10. shaped charge

Origin of shape note

An Americanism dating back to 1930–35

Also called buckwheat note. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019