Definition of grace note in US English:

grace note


  • An extra note added as an embellishment and not essential to the harmony or melody.

    • ‘The Embellisher creates a more lively and realistic performance, automatically changing timing of notes, durations, velocities, articulation and adding grace notes, additional notes and turns.’
    • ‘These musicians practise extensively, perform repeated grace notes, and the instrument is very responsive so that smallish errors will be apparent.’
    • ‘The fifth study is cast in the original key, but the left hand contains the inversion of the original right-hand material, accompanied by chords and chromatic grace notes.’
    • ‘After several successful repetitions, the louder note may be played ever closer in time to the others, eventually approximating a grace note.’


grace note

/ˈɡreɪs ˌnoʊt//ˈɡrās ˌnōt/