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noun Music.
  1. the second tone of a diatonic scale, being the next above the tonic.
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Origin of supertonic

First recorded in 1800–10; super- + tonic
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Examples from the Web for supertonic

Historical Examples

  • In the last measure but one, both the supertonic and leading tone should appear.

    A Treatise on Simple Counterpoint in Forty Lessons

    Friedrich J. Lehmann

  • D minor is the supertonic of C major; therefore C major is related to D minor and may be called its flat 7th.

British Dictionary definitions for supertonic


noun music
  1. the second degree of a major or minor scale
  2. a key or chord based on this
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