grace note


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 There was just one grace note — a preliminary moment to acknowledge a mass shooting at the Molson Coors brewery in Wisconsin. Joel Mathis, TheWeek, "We can't trust Trump to handle the coronavirus crisis," 27 Feb. 2020 Filigree trills hovered like hummingbirds and quicksilver scales, and delicate grace notes melted into an expressive chorale. Washington Post, "Zoltan Fejervari shows off his technique with a program of gems," 18 Nov. 2019 What separates Plemons is his willingness to leaven even the most monstrous characters with grace notes — humor, pathos, even kindness. Los Angeles Times, "Being one of TV’s best character actors suits Jesse Plemons just fine," 14 Oct. 2019 There was a grace note: The title track was nominated for song of the year. Paul Grein, Billboard, "Grammy Nominations 2020: Snubs & Surprises," 20 Nov. 2019 Perhaps even more compelling are the grace notes from men who might be thought to harbor resentments toward Hodges. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "Basking in Baseball’s Summer of ’69," 24 June 2019 There is infield dust, a summer grace note, clinging to the skirt of my favorite couch. Los Angeles Times, "Our tailgate bait: White Claw, a couple of kegs and a full roster of wiseguys," 26 Sep. 2019 His appeals for habeas relief — the potential grace note for unjust and unlawful detention — was denied. Imani Perry, Time, "'I Will Not Allow That to Be Your Life.' A Mother's Letter to Her Black Sons on Growing Up in America," 17 Sep. 2019 From the music to the prose, Jean-Raymond gave his audience a symphony of grounding bass and emotional grace notes. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, "How one Sunday night at Fashion Week re-defined the stories that clothes can tell," 9 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of grace note

circa 1823, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Grace note.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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