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leading tone

[lee-ding]
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noun Music.
  1. the seventh degree of a diatonic scale; subtonic.
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Origin of leading tone

First recorded in 1910–15
Also called leading note.
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British Dictionary definitions for leading note

leading note

noun music
  1. another word for subtonic
  2. (esp in cadences) a note, usually the subtonic of a scale, that tends most naturally to resolve to the note lying one semitone above it
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