a brief record of something written down to assist the memory or for future reference.
notes, a record or outline of a speech, statement, testimony, etc., or of one's impressions of something.
an explanatory or critical comment, or a reference to some authority quoted, appended to a passage in a book or the like: a note on the origin of the phrase.
a brief written or printed statement giving particulars or information.
Library Science. additional information about a work, such as its special series or some other significant identification, included on the library catalog entry.
a short, informal letter: a thank-you note.
a formal diplomatic or official communication in writing: a note delivered by the ambassador.
a paper acknowledging a debt and promising payment; promissory note.
a certificate, as of a government or a bank, accepted as money.
eminence, distinction, or reputation: a man of note.
importance or consequence: few events of particular note.
notice, observation, or heed: to take note of warning signs; to be worthy of note.
a characteristic or distinguishing feature: a note of whimsy in the design of the house.
a mark, quality, or indication of something, especially as a submerged but ubiquitous element: There was just a note of bitterness in his films.
a characteristic way of speaking or thinking: His critics had begun to change their note.
a signal, announcement, or intimation: a note of warning in her voice.
a sign or character used to represent a tone, its position and form indicating the pitch and duration of the tone.
a key, as of a piano.
a tone sounded on a musical instrument.
a musical sound or tone.
a melody, tune, or song.
a sound of musical quality, as one uttered by a bird: attentive to the thrush's note.
any call, cry, or sound of a bird, fowl, etc.
a new or unexpected element in a situation.
a mark or sign, as of punctuation, used in writing or printing.
verb (used with object), noted, noting.
to write or mark down briefly; make a memorandum of: to note the places of interest.
to make particular mention of in a writing: She noted their extra efforts in her report.
to observe carefully; give attention or heed to: Note the fine brushwork in this painting.
to take notice of; perceive: We noted his concern at the announcement.
to set down in or furnish with musical notes.
to indicate or designate; signify; denote.
compare notes, to exchange views, ideas, or impressions: The returning tourists were sitting on the sun deck comparing notes.

1175–1225; (noun) Middle English (< Old French) < Medieval Latin nota sign for musical tone, Latin: mark, sign, lettering; (v.) Middle English noten < Old French noter to mark < Latin notāre, derivative of the noun

noter, noun
prenote, noun, verb (used with object), prenoted, prenoting.
subnote, noun
undernote, noun
unnoting, adjective

1. memorandum, minute. 3. commentary, annotation. See remark. 9. bill. 10. repute, celebrity, fame, renown, name. 25. register, record. 29. see, spot, remark. 31. mention. Unabridged
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note (nəʊt)
1.  a brief summary or record in writing, esp a jotting for future reference
2.  a brief letter, usually of an informal nature
3.  a formal written communication, esp from one government to another
4.  a short written statement giving any kind of information
5.  a critical comment, explanatory statement, or reference in the text of a book, often preceded by a number
6.  short for banknote
7.  a characteristic element or atmosphere: a note of sarcasm
8.  a distinctive vocal sound, as of a species of bird or animal: the note of the nightingale
9.  any of a series of graphic signs representing a musical sound whose pitch is indicated by position on the stave and whose duration is indicated by the sign's shape
10.  Also called (esp US and Canadian): tone a musical sound of definite fundamental frequency or pitch
11.  a key on a piano, organ, etc
12.  a sound, as from a musical instrument, used as a signal or warning: the note to retreat was sounded
13.  short for promissory note
14.  archaic, poetic or a tune or melody
15.  of note
 a.  distinguished or famous: an athlete of note
 b.  worth noticing or paying attention to; important: nothing of note
16.  strike the right note to behave appropriately
17.  strike a false note to behave inappropriately
18.  (often foll by of) take note to observe carefully; pay close attention (to)
19.  to notice; perceive: he noted that there was a man in the shadows
20.  to pay close attention to; observe: they noted every movement
21.  to make a written note or memorandum of: she noted the date in her diary
22.  to make particular mention of; remark upon: I note that you do not wear shoes
23.  to write down (music, a melody, etc) in notes
24.  See protest to take (an unpaid or dishonoured bill of exchange) to a notary public to re-present the bill and if it is still unaccepted or unpaid to note the circumstances in a register
25.  a less common word for annotate
[C13: via Old French from Latin nota sign, indication]

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., "observe, mark carefully," from O.Fr. noter, from L. notare, from nota "letter, note," originally "a mark, sign," possibly an alteration of Old L. *gnata, infl. by gnoscere "to recognize." Meaning "to set in writing" is from c.1400. The noun is first attested c.1300, in the musical sense;
meaning "brief writing" is from 1540s. Notebook is first attested 1570s; noteworthy is from 1550s.
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