note

A note is a very short piece of writing. You might write a note to your sister on the back of your grocery list, or jot down a quick note reminding yourself to call your grandmother later.

You might slip a love note under a door, or leave your cat sitter a note explaining how much to feed Fluffy. Other notes are taken during lectures or written in notebooks by journalists during interviews. You can also make a mental note, paying particular attention to something in the hopes that you'll remember it later. The Old French noter, "indicate or write down," comes from the Latin root notare, "to mark or note," from nota, "mark."

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: note

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a brief written record
observe with care or pay close attention to
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n
a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound
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n
a characteristic emotional quality
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n
a promise to pay a specified amount on demand or at a certain time
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: note
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n a brief written record

“he made a note of the appointment”
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jot, jotting
a brief (and hurriedly handwritten) note
marginalia
notes written in the margin
memo, memoranda, memorandum
a written proposal or reminder
minute
a short note
scholia, scholium
a marginal note written by a scholiast (a commentator on ancient or classical literature)
aide-memoire, position paper
a memorandum summarizing the items of an agreement (used especially in diplomatic communications)
Type of:
written account, written record
a written document preserving knowledge of facts or events

n a comment or instruction (usually added)

“his notes were appended at the end of the article”
Synonyms:
annotation, notation
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poste restante
a notation written on mail that is to be held at the post office until called for (not in the United States or Canada)
acknowledgment, citation, cite, credit, mention, quotation, reference
a short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage
footer, footnote
a printed note placed below the text on a printed page
N.B., NB, nota bene
a Latin phrase (or its abbreviation) used to indicate that special attention should be paid to something
PS, postscript
a note appended to a letter after the signature
photo credit
a note acknowledging the source of a published photograph
cross-index, cross-reference
a reference at one place in a work to information at another place in the same work
Type of:
comment, commentary
a written explanation or criticism or illustration that is added to a book or other textual material

n a short personal letter

Synonyms:
billet, line, short letter
Types:
excuse
a note explaining an absence
Type of:
personal letter
a letter dealing with personal affairs

n high status importance owing to marked superiority

Synonyms:
distinction, eminence, preeminence
Types:
king
preeminence in a particular category or group or field
Type of:
high status
a position of superior status

v observe with care or pay close attention to

“Take note of this chemical reaction”
Synonyms:
observe, take note

v notice or perceive

“She noted that someone was following her”
Synonyms:
mark, notice
Antonyms:
ignore
fail to notice
Types:
take notice
observe with special attention

v make mention of

“They noted that it was a fine day to go sailing”
Synonyms:
mention, observe, remark
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comment, notice, point out, remark
make or write a comment on
criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart
find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws
wisecrack
make a comment, usually ironic
kibbitz, kibitz
make unwanted and intrusive comments
Type of:
say, state, tell
express in words

v make a written note of

“she noted everything the teacher said that morning”
Synonyms:
take down
Type of:
get down, put down, set down, write down
put down in writing; of texts, musical compositions, etc.
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n a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound

“the singer held the note too long”
Synonyms:
musical note, tone
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keynote, tonic
(music) the first note of a diatonic scale
supertonic
(music) the second note of a diatonic scale
mediant
(music) the third note of a diatonic scale; midway between the tonic and the dominant
subdominant
(music) the fourth note of the diatonic scale
dominant
(music) the fifth note of the diatonic scale
submediant
(music) the sixth note of a major or minor scale (or the third below the tonic)
leading tone, subtonic
(music) the seventh note of the diatonic scale
pedal, pedal point
a sustained bass note
shake, trill
a note that alternates rapidly with another note a semitone above it
middle C
the note designated by the first ledger line below the treble staff; 261.63 hertz
chord
a combination of three or more notes that blend harmoniously when sounded together
passing note, passing tone
a nonharmonic note inserted for transition between harmonic notes
semibreve, whole note
a musical note having the longest time value (equal to four beats in common time)
half note, minim
a musical note having the time value of half a whole note
crotchet, quarter note
a musical note having the time value of a quarter of a whole note
eighth note, quaver
a musical note having the time value of an eighth of a whole note
semiquaver, sixteenth note
a musical note having the time value of a sixteenth of a whole note
demisemiquaver, thirty-second note
a musical note having the time value of a thirty-second of a whole note
hemidemisemiquaver, sixty-fourth note
a musical note having the time value of a sixty-fourth of a whole note
acciaccatura, appoggiatura, grace note
an embellishing note usually written in smaller size
blue note
a flattened third or seventh
monotone
a single tone repeated with different words or different rhythms (especially in rendering liturgical texts)
C
(music) the keynote of the scale of C major
arpeggio
a chord whose notes are played in rapid succession rather than simultaneously
sforzando
an accented chord
common chord, triad
a three-note major or minor chord; a note and its third and fifth tones
seventh chord
a triad with a seventh added
Type of:
musical notation
(music) notation used by musicians
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n a characteristic emotional quality

“it ended on a sour note
“there was a note of gaiety in her manner”
“he detected a note of sarcasm”
Type of:
air, atmosphere, aura
a distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing

n a tone of voice that shows what the speaker is feeling

“there was a note of uncertainty in his voice”
Type of:
tone, tone of voice
the quality of a person's voice
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n a promise to pay a specified amount on demand or at a certain time

“I had to co-sign his note at the bank”
Synonyms:
note of hand, promissory note
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demand note
a note payable on demand
note receivable
your right in a promissory note in which the maker promises to pay a certain amount of money at a certain time
note payable
a note promising to pay a certain amount of money at a certain time
municipal note
a municipal debt instrument with a maturity of less than 2 years
IOU
an informal debt instrument; representing `I owe you'
time note
a note that specifies the time (or times) of repayment
Type of:
certificate of indebtedness, debt instrument, obligation
a written promise to repay a debt

n a piece of paper money (especially one issued by a central bank)

“he peeled off five one-thousand-zloty notes
Synonyms:
Federal Reserve note, bank bill, bank note, banker's bill, banknote, bill, government note, greenback
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silver certificate
formerly a bank note issued by the United States Treasury and redeemable in silver
c-note, hundred dollar bill
a United States bill worth 100 dollars
fifty, fifty dollar bill
a United States bill worth 50 dollars
twenty, twenty dollar bill
a United States bill worth 20 dollars
ten dollar bill, tenner
a United States bill worth 10 dollars
five dollar bill, five-spot, fiver
a United States bill worth 5 dollars
two dollar bill
a United States bill worth 2 dollars
buck, clam, dollar, dollar bill, one dollar bill
a piece of paper money worth one dollar
nickel, nickel note
five dollars worth of a drug
Type of:
folding money, paper currency, paper money
currency issued by a government or central bank and consisting of printed paper that can circulate as a substitute for specie
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