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top note1

noun

the highest note in a piece of music or in a singer's vocal range

Examples

Near the end of a performance one evening, the famed soprano missed a top note.

Word Origin

1896

top note2

noun

the dominant scent in a perfume; a volatile odorant that evaporates quickly

Examples

Top note oils like lemon and orange are the lightest, most stimulating and energizing oils.

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