grace note

noun

Definition of grace note

1 : a musical note added as an ornament especially : appoggiatura
2 : a small addition or embellishment

Examples of grace note in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So minty on the nose, with cedar, sandalwood, spearmint, and a savory grace note to the mountain berries. Brian Freedman, Forbes, 17 May 2021 But the closing moments backstage with the company dancers embracing each other is a fitting grace note. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 May 2021 The final scene has it all: the eroticism of Jerry’s cigarette; the grace note of dialogue that is both melancholy and romantic; a final image that harkens to the emotional expansiveness of the story. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 22 Feb. 2021 Velazquez and Authentic’s victory provided a rare grace note in a downbeat year for one of America’s oldest sports. Joe Drape, New York Times, 7 Nov. 2020 But a mustache could also be a softener, a grace note. Wesley Morris, New York Times, 14 Oct. 2020 For so long, the fields and courts and rinks of play have offered a particular kind of grace note, a place to wash off the grime of daily life, if only for a few hours. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, 1 Aug. 2020 There was just one grace note — a preliminary moment to acknowledge a mass shooting at the Molson Coors brewery in Wisconsin. Joel Mathis, TheWeek, 27 Feb. 2020 Filigree trills hovered like hummingbirds and quicksilver scales, and delicate grace notes melted into an expressive chorale. Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'grace note.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of grace note

circa 1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about grace note

Time Traveler for grace note

Time Traveler

The first known use of grace note was circa 1823

See more words from the same year

Statistics for grace note

Last Updated

31 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Grace note.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grace%20note. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Dog Breeds

How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!