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grace note

noun, Music.
a note not essential to the harmony or melody, added as an embellishment, especially an appoggiatura.
Origin of grace note
1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In the second bar a note which the editor had taken for an eighth-note was explained by the Composer as being a grace-note.

    The Shadow World Hamlin Garland
British Dictionary definitions for grace-note

grace note

(music) a note printed in small type to indicate that it is melodically and harmonically nonessential
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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