leading tone

[ lee-ding ]
/ ˈli dɪŋ /

noun Music.

the seventh degree of a diatonic scale; subtonic.

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

/ (ˈliːdɪŋ) /

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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