polytonality

[ pol-ee-toh-nal-i-tee ]
/ ˌpɒl i toʊˈnæl ɪ ti /

noun Music.

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

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

Origin of polytonality

First recorded in 1920–25; poly- + tonality

OTHER WORDS FROM polytonality

pol·y·ton·al·ist [pol-ee-tohn-l-ist], /ˌpɒl iˈtoʊn l ɪst/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for polytonality

polytonality

polytonalism

/ (ˌpɒlɪtəʊˈnælɪtɪ) /

noun

music the simultaneous use of more than two different keys or tonalities

Derived forms of polytonality

polytonal, adjectivepolytonally, adverbpolytonalist, noun
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