from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A musical note, especially an appoggiatura, that is added as an embellishment, and is printed in small type and not counted in rhythm.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A musical note written in smaller print, with or without a slash through it, to indicate that its note value does not count as part of the total time value of the measure.
  • n. Concerns of secondary importance to that which is of primary concern.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. an appoggiatura. See Appoggiatura, and def. 11 above.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In music, a grace; especially, an appoggiatura. See grace, 6.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an embellishing note usually written in smaller size


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