grace note

noun

Definition of grace note 

1 : a musical note added as an ornament especially : appoggiatura

2 : a small addition or embellishment

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In a small grace note, Arnaud Erhart, the proprietor of the influential 360 restaurant, is working the floor at Frenchette. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "A New Restaurant, Frenchette, Stands Up for Natural Wines," 19 Apr. 2018 But on the album’s title track, his greatest debt is to Moses Taiwa Molelekwa, a late-20th-century star of South African jazz whose meditative playing was full of gentle grace notes and tumbling momentum. New York Times, "The Playlist: John Mayer Laments the Friend Zone, and 11 More New Songs," 11 May 2018 Kidder played the role as an update of Hildy in His Girl Friday, but with grace notes of delicate fragility. Sonia Saraiya, HWD, "Why Margot Kidder Was the Definitive Lois Lane," 14 May 2018 Somewhere in all of that, 13 Reasons Why found room for one more #MeToo grace note. Joanna Robinson, HWD, "How 13 Reasons Why Successfully Grapples with the #MeToo Movement," 19 May 2018 The mind-warping grace notes of the first season — a black Justin Bieber, the jaw-dropping getaway of an invisible sports car — were deployed with nonchalance. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "‘Atlanta’ Skips a Grade," 11 May 2018 The spark ignites in Jennifer Schriever’s lighting design, which makes sherbet orange and indigo radiate seemingly from the Angel herself, joining Faridany’s mellifluous voice, which charges every tone with a phalanx of heavenly grace notes. Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle, "Berkeley Rep revives ‘Angels in America,’ in all its soaring spirit," 29 Apr. 2018 The horn works fine Bryce Konitzer’s crazy buzzer beater last week was a grace note on a senior having a great season on the basketball court, even though baseball is where his future lies. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Play by Play Newsletter: Sports stories to get you through the week when your car (and finances, and probably your soul) breaks," 26 Jan. 2018 That Nolan wrenches grace notes out of such fleeting bits of horror is a testament to his intermittent skills as an image-maker. Zoe Haylock, The Hollywood Reporter, "Oscars: Read Some of the Worst Reviews of This Year's Best Picture Nominees," 2 Mar. 2018

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circa 1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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