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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The final grace note the TVA added to tie the Valley together was one provided by a middle-aged librarian, feminist, and historian who lived almost her entire life in the area. Kevin Baker, Harper's magazine, "Where Our New World Begins," 10 May 2019 Segments succeed each other with few grace notes and little flow. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Review: Royalty Minus Majesty," 6 Dec. 2018 But the image of Trepanier was all beauty with grace notes of strength. Dvorameyers, Longreads, "The Gymnast’s Position," 5 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of grace note

circa 1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of grace note was circa 1823

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