tonal

[ tohn-l ]
/ ˈtoʊn l /

adjective Music.

pertaining to or having tonality.

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Origin of tonal

1770–80; < Medieval Latin tonālis. See tone, -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM tonal

ton·al·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for tonal

tonal
/ (ˈtəʊnəl) /

adjective

of or relating to tone
of, relating to, or utilizing the diatonic system; having an established keyCompare atonal
  1. (of an answer in a fugue) not having the same melodic intervals as the subject, so as to remain in the original key
  2. denoting a fugue as having such an answerCompare real 1 (def. 11)

Derived forms of tonal

tonally, adverb
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