Definition of note noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//nəʊt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//noʊt//
    Cost and payment, Types of text, Describing music
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    to remind you
  1. 1  [countable] a short piece of writing to help you remember something Please make a note of the dates. She made a mental note (= decided that she must remember) to ask Alan about it.
  2. short letter
  3. 2  [countable] a short informal letter Just a quick note to say thank you for a wonderful evening. She left a note for Ben on the kitchen table. a suicide note See related entries: Types of text
  4. in book
  5. 3  [countable] a short comment on a word or passage in a book a new edition of ‘Hamlet’, with explanatory notes See note 3, page 259. see also footnote
  6. information
  7. 4  notes [plural] information that you write down when somebody is speaking, or when you are reading a book, etc. He sat taking notes of everything that was said. Can I borrow your lecture notes? Patients' medical notes have gone missing.
  8. 5  [countable, usually plural] information about a performance, an actor’s career, a piece of music, etc. printed in a special book or on a CD case, record cover, etc. The sleeve notes include a short biography of the performers on this recording. The catalogue contains detailed notes on each painting.
  9. money
  10. 6  (British English) (also banknote especially in British English) (usually North American English bill) [countable] a piece of paper money a £5 note We only exchange notes and traveller's cheques. See related entries: Cost and payment
  11. in music
  12. 7   [countable] a single sound of a particular length and pitch (= how high or low a sound is), made by the voice or a musical instrument; the written or printed sign for a musical note He played the first few notes of the tune. high/low notes Wordfinderbeat, harmony, melody, music, note, rhythm, sing, tempo, tone, vocal See related entries: Describing music
  13. quality
  14. 8[singular] note (of something) a particular quality in something, for example in somebody’s voice or the atmosphere at an event synonym air There was a note of amusement in his voice. The year ended on an optimistic note. On a more serious note (= speaking more seriously) On a slightly different note (= changing the subject slightly), let’s talk about…
  15. official document
  16. 9[countable] an official document with a particular purpose a sick note from your doctor The buyer has to sign a delivery note as proof of receipt. Students returning to school after absence must bring a note from their parents. see also credit note, promissory note
  17. 10[countable] (specialist) an official letter from the representative of one government to another an exchange of diplomatic notes
  18. Word OriginMiddle English (in sense 6 of the noun and both verb senses): from Old French note (noun), noter (verb), from Latin nota ‘a mark’, notare ‘to mark’.Extra examples He sounded a cautionary note. He took careful note of the suspicious-looking man in the corner of the bar. His opening remarks struck the right note. His remarks injected a note of levity into the proceedings. I detected a faint note of weariness in his voice. I saw you two passing notes during class. I’ve made a note of the book’s title. Just a quick note to wish you luck. Let’s compare notes on our experiences. Never write your password on a sticky note! On a brighter note… On a completely unrelated note… She kept detailed notes of her travels. She left me a note to say my dinner was in the oven. She made a mental note to call them in the morning. She’s a bit wobbly on the top notes. The booklet has full notes on each artist. The conference ended on an optimistic note. The frescoes are worthy of note. There was a sad note in her voice. a thick wad of notes I left a note for Judith on her desk. I played a lot of wrong notes because I was so nervous. It is suspicious that he did not leave a suicide note. She played the first few notes of the tune on the piano. Some of the high notes were difficult for him to sing.Idioms
    compare notes (with somebody)
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    if two or more people compare notes, they each say what they think about the same event, situation, etc. We saw the play separately and compared notes afterwards.
    hit/strike the right/wrong note
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    (especially British English) to do, say or write something that is suitable/not suitable for a particular occasion It is a bizarre tale and the author hits just the right note of horror and disbelief.
    of importance or of great interest a scientist of note The museum contains nothing of great note.
    sound/strike a note (of something)
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    to express feelings or opinions of a particular kind She sounded a note of warning in her speech. The touch of cynicism struck a slightly sour note.
    take note (of something)
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    to pay attention to something and be sure to remember it Take note of what he says. Under the new rules the penalty for illegal play is increased. Players take note.
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