noun Music.

the use of more than one key at the same time.

Also pol·y·ton·al·ism [pol-ee-tohn-l-iz-uh m] /ˌpɒl iˈtoʊn lˌɪz əm/.

Origin of polytonality

First recorded in 1920–25; poly- + tonality
Related formspol·y·ton·al·ist [pol-ee-tohn-l-ist] /ˌpɒl iˈtoʊn l ɪst/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for polytonality




music the simultaneous use of more than two different keys or tonalities
Derived Formspolytonal, adjectivepolytonally, adverbpolytonalist, noun
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