grace note

noun Music.
a note not essential to the harmony or melody, added as an embellishment, especially an appoggiatura.

Origin:
1815–25

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grace note
 
n
music a note printed in small type to indicate that it is melodically and harmonically nonessential

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The slight profile of her face adds the final grace note.
But it's a mistake to overlook this gem, an oasis that adds a grace note to a desolate, somewhat dicey area.
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