atonal

[ ey-tohn-l ]
/ eɪˈtoʊn l /

adjective Music.

of, relating to, or marked by atonality.

Nearby words

  1. atomization,
  2. atomize,
  3. atomizer,
  4. atomy,
  5. aton,
  6. atonalism,
  7. atonality,
  8. atone,
  9. atonement,
  10. atonement, day of

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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British Dictionary definitions for atonal

atonal

/ (eɪˈtəʊnəl, æ-) /

adjective

music having no established keyCompare tonal (def. 2)
Derived Formsatonalism, nounatonally, adverb

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Word Origin and History for atonal

atonal

adj.

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

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