- a sign or character used to represent a tone, its position and form indicating the pitch and duration of the tone.
- a key, as of a piano.
verb (used with object), not·ed, not·ing.
Origin of note
Synonyms for note
Examples from the Web for undernote
Historical Examples of undernote
Her tone was chastened, but there was an undernote of warning.The Fifth Ace
But beneath all our light talk was an undernote of seriousness.The Master Mummer
E. Phillips Oppenheim
His own voice was low and eager, with its undernote of wistfulness.Ewing\'s Lady
Harry Leon Wilson
His tone dropped and became gentle with an undernote of pain.When 'Bear Cat' Went Dry
Charles Neville Buck
There was an undernote of something new and joyous in the tone of his voice as he spoke to her.The Disturbing Charm
- distinguished or famousan athlete of note
- worth noticing or paying attention to; importantnothing of note
verb (tr; may take a clause as object)
Word Origin for note
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.
see bread and butter letter (note); compare notes; make a note of; of note; strike the right note; take note; take notes.