atonal

[ ey-tohn-l ]
/ eɪˈtoʊn l /

adjective Music.

of, relating to, or marked by atonality.

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

/ (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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