General English

  • noun a few words in writing to remind yourself of something
  • noun a piece of paper money
  • noun a musical sound or a written sign meaning a musical sound
  • verb to write down something in a few words
  • verb to take notice of something


  • noun paper showing that money has been borrowed


  • noun a brief comment made on paper about something that you are reading, listening to, or watching
  • noun a short comment or explanation in a text, often at the end of a book or at the bottom of a page


  • noun a short document or piece of writing, or a short piece of information
  • verb to notice an advertisement in a publication but not necessarily read or understand it


  • verb to write down details of something and remember them


  • A tone of a specified pitch.
  • A symbol utilized to represent a note (1).


  • Either a debt security issued with a short term until maturity of usually less than five years, or a legal contract where a borrower agrees to repay a loan with interest over a specific time frame or when asked. A treasury note is issued by the U.S. government for short term funding needs, while a promissory note might document a private loan.

Information & Library Science

Media Studies

  • noun an extra piece of information often given at the bottom of a printed page or at the very end of a text


  • noun an official document with a particular purpose


  • noun a very short letter, or a very brief written or printed document


  • a distinct element in the taste or aroma of a wine

Origin & History of “note”

Latin nota had a remarkably wide range of meanings. Its original sense was ‘sign, mark’, but already in classical times it had broadened out semantically to include ‘alphabetical character’, ‘shorthand sign’, ‘brief letter’, ‘musical note’, and ‘characteristic quality’. many of these followed it via Old French note into English, where they were supplemented by ‘distinction, reputation’, perhaps inspired by the derived adjective notable (14th c.). from the same source came notary (14th c.), etymologically a ‘shorthand-writer’.