from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A brief record, especially one written down to aid the memory.
  • noun A comment or explanation, as on a passage in a text.
  • noun A brief informal letter: synonym: letter.
  • noun A formal written diplomatic or official communication.
  • noun A piece of paper currency.
  • noun A debt security, usually with a maturity of ten years or less.
  • noun A promissory note.
  • noun A tone of definite pitch.
  • noun A symbol for such a tone, indicating pitch by its position on the staff and duration by its shape.
  • noun A key of an instrument, such as a piano.
  • noun The characteristic vocal sound made by a songbird or other animal.
  • noun The sign of a particular quality or emotion.
  • noun Importance; consequence.
  • noun Notice; observation.
  • noun Obsolete A song, melody, or tune.
  • transitive verb To observe carefully; notice: synonym: see.
  • transitive verb To make a note of; write down.
  • transitive verb To show; indicate.
  • transitive verb To make mention of; remark.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Known; well-known.
  • noun A well-known or famous place or city.
  • To use; make use of; enjoy.
  • To use for food; eat: as, he notes very little.
  • To need; have occasion for.
  • To distinguish with a mark; set a mark upon; mark.
  • To observe carefully; notice particularly.
  • To set down in writing; make a memorandum of.
  • To set down in musical characters; furnish with musical notes.
  • To furnish with marginal notes; annotate.
  • To denote; point out; indicate.
  • To put a mark upon; brand; stigmatize.
  • Synonyms To record, register, minute, jot down.
  • Note, Denote, Connote (see the definitions of these words), mark.
  • To sing.
  • noun Use; employment.
  • noun Utility; profit; advantage.
  • noun Affair; matter; business; concern; event; occasion.
  • noun Expedition; undertaking; enterprise; conflict; fray.
  • noun A dialectal variant of neat.
  • noun An obsolete or dialectal form of nut.
  • To butt; push with the horns; gore.
  • noun A mark or token by which a thing may be known; a sign; stamp; badge; symbol; in logic, a character or quality.
  • noun Significance; consequence; distinction; reputation.
  • noun Notice; observation; heed.
  • noun Notice; information; intelligence.
  • noun A mark on the margin of a book drawing attention to something in the text; hence, a statement subsidiary to the text of a book elucidating or adding something; an explanatory or critical comment; an annotation.


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

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin nota, annotation; see gnō- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English noten, notien, from Old English notian ("to make use of, use, employ, enjoy"), from Proto-Germanic *nutōnan (“to make use of”), from Proto-Indo-European *neud- (“to acquire, make use of”).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English note, noote ("use, usefulness, profit"), from Old English notu ("use, enjoyment, advantage, profit, utility"), from Proto-Germanic *nutō (“enjoyment, utilisation”), from Proto-Indo-European *newd- (“to acquire, make use of”). Cognate with West Frisian not ("yield, produce, crop"), Dutch genot ("enjoyment, pleasure"), Dutch nut ("usefulness, utility, behoof"), German Nutzen ("benefit, usefulness, utility"), Icelandic not ("use", noun). Related also to Old English notian ("to enjoy, make use of, employ"), Old English nēotan ("to use, enjoy"), Old High German niozan ("to use, enjoy"), Modern German benutzen ("to use"). Related to nait.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English note, from Old English not, nōt ("note, mark, sign") and Old French note ("letter, note"), both from Latin nota ("mark, sign, remark, note").


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