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(1)   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"
(2)   A brief written record
"He made a note of the appointment"
(3)   A short personal letter
"Drop me a line when you get there"
(4)   A comment or instruction (usually added)
"His notes were appended at the end of the article"
"He added a short notation to the address on the envelope"
(5)   A notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound
"The singer held the note too long"
(6)   A tone of voice that shows what the speaker is feeling
"There was a note of uncertainty in his voice"
(7)   A piece of paper money (especially one issued by a central bank)
"He peeled off five one-thousand-zloty notes"
(8)   A promise to pay a specified amount on demand or at a certain time
"I had to co-sign his note at the bank"
(9)   High status importance owing to marked superiority
"A scholar of great eminence"


(10)   Make mention of
"She observed that his presentation took up too much time"
"They noted that it was a fine day to go sailing"
(11)   Make a written note of
"She noted everything the teacher said that morning"
(12)   Notice or perceive
"She noted that someone was following her"
"Mark my words"
(13)   Observe with care or pay close attention to
"Take note of this chemical reaction"


Etymology 1

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Etymology 2

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  1. A mark or token by which a thing may be known; a visible sign; a character; a distinctive mark or feature; a characteristic quality.
  2. A mark, or sign, made to call attention, to point out something to notice, or the like; a sign, or token, proving or giving evidence.
  3. A brief remark; a marginal comment or explanation; hence, an annotation on a text or author; a comment; a critical, explanatory, or illustrative observation.
  4. A brief piece of writing intended to assist the memory; a memorandum; a minute.
    I left him a note to remind him to take out the trash.
  5. A short informal letter; a billet.
  6. A diplomatic missive or written communication.
  7. A written or printed paper acknowledging a debt, and promising payment; as, a promissory note; a note of hand; a negotiable note.
  8. A piece of paper money; a banknote.
    I didn't have any coins to pay with, so I used a note.
  9. A small size of paper used for writing letters or notes.
  10. A character, variously formed, to indicate the length of a tone, and variously placed upon the staff to indicate its pitch.
  11. A musical sound; a tone; an utterance; a tune.
  12. A key of the piano or organ.
  13. Observation; notice; heed.
  14. Reputation; distinction; as, a poet of note.


  1. To notice with care; to observe; to remark; to heed
  2. To record in writing; to make a memorandum of.
  3. To denote; to designate
  4. To annotate
  5. To set down in musical characters.