relative pitch


noun Music.

the pitch of a tone as determined by its relationship to other tones in a scale.
the ability to identify or sing a tone by mentally determining the distance of its pitch from that of a tone already sounded.

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Origin of relative pitch

First recorded in 1925–30
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