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leading tone

[lee-ding] /ˈli dɪŋ/
noun, Music.
the seventh degree of a diatonic scale; subtonic.
Also called leading note.
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First recorded in 1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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leading note

noun (music)
another word for subtonic
(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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