atonal

[ey-tohn-l]
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Origin of atonal

First recorded in 1920–25; a-6 + tonal
Related formsa·ton·al·is·tic, adjectivea·ton·al·ly, adverb
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atonal

adjective
  1. music having no established keyCompare tonal (def. 2)
Derived Formsatonalism, nounatonally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for atonal
adj.

1922, from a- "not" (see a- (2)) + tonal.

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