tonal

[ tohn-l ]
/ ˈtoʊn l /
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adjective Music.

pertaining to or having tonality.

Nearby words

  1. tomtit,
  2. ton,
  3. ton-force,
  4. ton-mile,
  5. ton-up,
  6. tonalist,
  7. tonality,
  8. tonally,
  9. tonawanda,
  10. tonbridge

Origin of tonal

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

Related formston·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 Formstonally, adverb

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Word Origin and History for tonal

tonal

adj.

1776; see from tone + -al (1).

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