Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) a brief written record
  2. (noun, communication) a short personal letter
  3. (noun, communication) a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound
  4. (noun, communication) a tone of voice that shows what the speaker is feeling
  5. (noun, attribute) a characteristic emotional quality
    there was a note of gaiety in her manner
    he detected a note of sarcasm
  6. (noun, possession) a piece of paper money (especially one issued by a central bank)
  7. (noun, communication) a comment or instruction (usually added)
    he added a short notation to the address on the envelope
  8. (noun, state) high status importance owing to marked superiority
  9. (noun, possession) a promise to pay a specified amount on demand or at a certain time
  10. (verb, communication) make mention of
    They noted that it was a fine day to go sailing
  11. (verb, perception) notice or perceive
    mark my words
  12. (verb, perception) observe with care or pay close attention to
  13. (verb, communication) make a written note of

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Note

  1. early 13c., "observe, mark carefully," from O.Fr. noter, from L. notare, from nota "letter, note," originally "a mark, sign," possibly an alteration of Old L. *gnata, infl. by gnoscere "to recognize." Meaning "to set in writing" is from c.1400. The noun is first attested c.1300, in the musical sense; meaning "brief writing" is from 1540s. N… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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