What does NOTE mean?

Definitions for NOTE

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. notenoun

    a brief written record

    "he made a note of the appointment"

  2. note, short letter, line, billetnoun

    a short personal letter

    "drop me a line when you get there"

  3. note, musical note, tonenoun

    a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound

    "the singer held the note too long"

  4. notenoun

    a tone of voice that shows what the speaker is feeling

    "there was a note of uncertainty in his voice"

  5. notenoun

    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"

  6. bill, note, government note, bank bill, banker's bill, bank note, banknote, Federal Reserve note, greenbacknoun

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

    "he peeled off five one-thousand-zloty notes"

  7. note, annotation, notationnoun

    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"

  8. eminence, distinction, preeminence, notenoun

    high status importance owing to marked superiority

    "a scholar of great eminence"

  9. note, promissory note, note of handverb

    a promise to pay a specified amount on demand or at a certain time

    "I had to co-sign his note at the bank"

  10. note, observe, mention, remarkverb

    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. notice, mark, noteverb

    notice or perceive

    "She noted that someone was following her"; "mark my words"

  12. note, take note, observeverb

    observe with care or pay close attention to

    "Take note of this chemical reaction"

  13. note, take downverb

    make a written note of

    "she noted everything the teacher said that morning"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Note

    May not.

    Ne let him then admire,
    But yield his sense to be too blunt and base,
    That note without an hound fine footing trace. Fairy Q.

  2. NOTEnoun

    Etymology: nota, Lat. notte, Fr.

    Whosoever appertain to the visible body of the church, they have also the notes of external profession whereby the world knoweth what they are. Richard Hooker, b. iii.

    Give order to my servants that they take
    No note at all of our being absent hence. William Shakespeare.

    I will bestow some precepts on this virgin,
    Worthy the note. William Shakespeare, All’s well that ends well.

    Divers men of note have been brought over into England. George Abbot, Description of the World.

    Andronicus and Junia are of note among the apostles. Rom. xvi. 7.

    As for metals, authors of good note assure us, that even they have been observed to grow. Boyle.

    The more to aggravate the note,
    With a foul traytor’s name stuff I thy throat. William Shakespeare.

    She that from Naples
    Can have no note; unless the sun were post,
    The man i’ th’ moon’s too slow. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    In suits of favour, the first coming ought to take little place; so far forth consideration may be had of his trust, that if intelligence of the matter could not otherwise have been had but by him, advantage be not taken of the note, but the party left to his other means, and in some sort recompensed for his discovery. Francis Bacon, Essay 49.

    These are the notes wherewith are drawn from the hearts of the multitude so many sighs; with these tunes their minds are exasperated against the lawful guides and governors of their souls. Richard Hooker, b. iv.

    The wakeful bird tunes her nocturnal note. John Milton.

    I now must change those notes to tragick. John Milton.

    You that can tune your sounding strings so well,
    Of ladies beauties and of love to tell;
    Once change your note, and let your lute report
    The justest grief that ever touch’d the court. Edmund Waller.

    One common note on either lyre did strike,
    And knaves and fools we both abhorr’d alike. Dryden.

    From harmony, from heavenly harmony!
    This universal frame began:
    From harmony to harmony,
    Thro’ all the compass of the notes it ran,
    The diapason closing full in man. Dryden.

    Small matters come with great commendation, because they are continually in use and in note; whereas the occasion of any great virtue cometh but on festivals. Francis Bacon.

    He will’d me
    In heedfull’st reservation to bestow them,
    As notes whose faculties inclusive were,
    More than they were in note. William Shakespeare.

    In the body’s prison so she lies,
    As through the body’s windows she must look,
    Her divers pow’rs of sense to exercise,
    By gath’ring notes out of the world’s great book. Davies.

    Contract it into a narrow compass by short notes and abbreviations. Thomas Baker, on Learning.

    A hollow cane within her hand she brought,
    But in the concave had inclos’d a note. Dryden.

    I cannot get over the prejudice of taking some little offence at the clergy, for perpetually reading their sermons; perhaps my frequent hearing of foreigners, who never make use of notes, may have added to my disgust. Jonathan Swift.

    His note will go farther than my bond. John Bull.

    The best writers have been perplexed with notes, and obscured with illustrations. Henry Felton, on the Classicks.

  3. To Noteverb

    Etymology: note, Latin; noter, French.

    The fool hath much pined away.
    No more of that, I have noted it well. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.

    If much you note him,
    You shall offend him. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    I began to note
    The stormy Hyades, the rainy goat. Joseph Addison, Ovid.

    Wandring from clime to clime, observant stray’d,
    Their manners noted, and their states survey’d. Alexander Pope.

    Saint Augustin speaking of devout men, noteth how they daily frequented the church, how attentive ear they gave unto the lessons and chapters read. Richard Hooker, b. v.

    Note it in a book, that it may be for ever and ever. Is. xxx. 8.

    Sine veste Dianam, agrees better with Livia, who had the fame of chastity, than with either of the Julia’s, who were both noted of incontinency. Dryden.


  1. note

    A note is a brief written record or piece of information used for aid in memory or communication. In the context of music, a note represents the pitch and duration of a sound. In finance, a note is a financial instrument acknowledging a debt.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Noteverb

    to butt; to push with the horns

  2. Note

    know not; knows not

  3. Notenoun


  4. Notenoun

    need; needful business

  5. Notenoun

    a mark or token by which a thing may be known; a visible sign; a character; a distinctive mark or feature; a characteristic quality

  6. Notenoun

    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

  7. Notenoun

    a brief remark; a marginal comment or explanation; hence, an annotation on a text or author; a comment; a critical, explanatory, or illustrative observation

  8. Notenoun

    a brief writing intended to assist the memory; a memorandum; a minute

  9. Notenoun

    hence, a writing intended to be used in speaking; memoranda to assist a speaker, being either a synopsis, or the full text of what is to be said; as, to preach from notes; also, a reporter's memoranda; the original report of a speech or of proceedings

  10. Notenoun

    a short informal letter; a billet

  11. Notenoun

    a diplomatic missive or written communication

  12. Notenoun

    a written or printed paper acknowledging a debt, and promising payment; as, a promissory note; a note of hand; a negotiable note

  13. Notenoun

    a list of items or of charges; an account

  14. Notenoun

    a character, variously formed, to indicate the length of a tone, and variously placed upon the staff to indicate its pitch. Hence:

  15. Notenoun

    a musical sound; a tone; an utterance; a tune

  16. Notenoun

    a key of the piano or organ

  17. Notenoun

    observation; notice; heed

  18. Notenoun

    notification; information; intelligence

  19. Notenoun

    state of being under observation

  20. Notenoun

    reputation; distinction; as, a poet of note

  21. Notenoun

    stigma; brand; reproach

  22. Notenoun

    to notice with care; to observe; to remark; to heed; to attend to

  23. Notenoun

    to record in writing; to make a memorandum of

  24. Notenoun

    to charge, as with crime (with of or for before the thing charged); to brand

  25. Notenoun

    to denote; to designate

  26. Notenoun

    to annotate

  27. Notenoun

    to set down in musical characters

  28. Etymology: [F. noter, L. notare, fr. nota. See Note, n.]


  1. Note

    In music, the term note has two primary meanings: ⁕A sign used in musical notation to represent the relative duration and pitch of a sound; ⁕A pitched sound itself. Notes are the "atoms" of much Western music: discretizations of musical phenomena that facilitate performance, comprehension, and analysis. The term note can be used in both generic and specific senses: one might say either "the piece 'Happy Birthday to You' begins with two notes having the same pitch," or "the piece begins with two repetitions of the same note." In the former case, one uses note to refer to a specific musical event; in the latter, one uses the term to refer to a class of events sharing the same pitch.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Note

    nōt, n. that by which a person or thing is known: a mark or sign calling attention: a brief explanation: a short remark: a brief report, a catalogue, a bill: a memorandum: a short letter: a diplomatic paper: a small size of paper used for writing: (mus.) a mark representing a sound, also the sound itself, air, tune, tone, also a digital or key of the keyboard: a paper acknowledging a debt and promising payment, as a bank-note, a note of hand: notice, heed, observation: reputation: fame.—v.t. to make a note of: to notice: to attend to: to record in writing: to furnish with notes.—n. Note′-book, a book in which notes or memoranda are written: a bill-book.—adj. Not′ed, marked: well known: celebrated: eminent: notorious.—adv. Not′edly.—n. Not′edness.—adj. Note′less, not attracting notice.—ns. Note′-pā′per, folded writing-paper for letters (commercial, 5 × 8 in.; octavo, 4½ × 7; billet, 4 × 6; queen, 3½ × 5⅜; packet, 5½ × 9; Bath, 7 × 8); Not′er, one who notes or observes: one who makes notes, an annotator; Note′-shav′er (U.S.), a money-lender.—adj. Note′worthy, worthy of note or of notice.—Note a bill, to record on the back of it a refusal of acceptance, as a ground of protest. [Fr.,—L. nota, noscĕre, notum, to know.]

  2. Note

    nōt (Spens.), wot or knew not (a contr. of ne wot): could not (a contr. of ne mote).

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. NOTE

    (PROMISSORY) "The substance of things long hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. note

    A brief writing intended to assist the memory. Members of courts-martial sometimes take notes. They are frequently necessary to enable a member to bring the whole body of evidence into a connected view, where the case is complex.

Editors Contribution

  1. note

    A detail or instruction in type or written.

    Her notes are simple and easy to read as she is so tidy.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 24, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. NOTE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Note is ranked #121590 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Note surname appeared 142 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Note.

    73.9% or 105 total occurrences were White.
    20.4% or 29 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'NOTE' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1822

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'NOTE' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1335

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'NOTE' in Nouns Frequency: #378

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'NOTE' in Verbs Frequency: #177

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of NOTE in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of NOTE in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of NOTE in a Sentence

  1. Edward Guinan:

    Geothermal heating could support' life zones' under its surface, akin to subsurface lakes found in Antarctica, we note that the surface temperature on Jupiter's icy moon Europa is similar to Edward Emerson Barnard b, but because of tidal heating, Europa probably has liquid oceans under its icy surface.

  2. sindiswa matyobeni:

    Make a mental note of your mistakes so that you don't repeat them again.

  3. The Treasury:

    Treasury believes that postponing the auction for the 2-year note poses less risk for market functioning than postponing the 5-year or 7-year note offering.

  4. Stephen Vizinczey:

    Perhaps in a book review it is not out of place to note that the safety of the state depends on cultivating the imagination.

  5. Marcus Aurelius Antoninus:

    Forward, as occasion offers. Never look round to see whether any shall note it.... Be satisfied with success in even the smallest matter, and think that even such a result is no trifle.

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Translations for NOTE

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  • مذكرة, ملحوظةArabic
  • nóta, zápisek, poznámka, zprávička, zápis, zaznamenat, všimnout si, poznamenatCzech
  • nodeDanish
  • Ton, Notiz, NoteGerman
  • ένδειξη, πλήκτρο, νότα, υποσχετική επιστολή, σημείωμα, φήμη, σημείωση, διάκριση, παρατήρηση, σήμα, διακοίνωση, σχολιάζω, υποδηλώνω, επισημαίνω, καταγράφω, σημειώνω, υπομνηματίζω, επισημειώνω, παρατηρώ, σημαίνωGreek
  • notoEsperanto
  • nota, denotar, tener en cuenta, anotar, notarSpanish
  • märkus, noteerima, märkamaEstonian
  • نتPersian
  • muistutus, maine, muistiinpano, huomio, sävel, merkki, nootti, nuotti, viesti, velkakirja, muistilappu, havainto, kommentaari, kosketin, valita, panna merkille, osoittaa, tarkoittaa, kirjoittaa ylös, noteerata, huomauttaa, merkitä, merkitä muistiin, nuotittaa, huomata, kommentoida, nimittää, määrittääFinnish
  • note, prendre, remarquer, noterFrench
  • nota, notScottish Gaelic
  • שם לב, רשם, לקח לתשומת לבHebrew
  • ध्यान देंHindi
  • jegyzetHungarian
  • nota, memoriaItalian
  • ノート, メモ, 音符Japanese
  • 기록Korean
  • تێبیبیKurdish
  • nota, videoLatin
  • nots, piezīme, zīmīte, pierakstītLatvian
  • orotangiMāori
  • прибелешка, забелешка, нота, белешка, бележи, нотира, означува, прибележува, забележуваMacedonian
  • കുറിപ്പ്Malayalam
  • noot, briefje, toon, notitie, aantekening, faam, opschrijven, aantekenen, opmerken, noteren, aanduiden, constaterenDutch
  • nuta, notka, wzmianka, notatkaPolish
  • nota, bilhete, aviso, anotar, notar, perceber, denotarPortuguese
  • notiță, adnotare, notă, marcaj, notă de informare, semn, notă informațională, comentariu, adnota, însemna pe margineRomanian
  • заметка, пометка, нота, знак, записка, клавиша, примечаниеRussian
  • bilješka, ton, nota, zabilješka, zabeleška, opaska, značaj, забиљешка, забелешка, napomena, ugled, zapažanje, ceduljaSerbo-Croatian
  • nota, opazka, opomba, opaziti, zapisatiSlovene
  • not, anteckningSwedish
  • குறிப்புTamil
  • స్వరముTelugu
  • notaTagalog
  • NotTurkish

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