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atonal

play
adjective aton·al \(ˌ)ā-ˈtō-nəl, (ˌ)a-\

Simple Definition of atonal

  • music : not written, played, or sung in a particular key

Full Definition of atonal

  1. :  marked by avoidance of traditional musical tonality; especially :  organized without reference to key or tonal center and using the tones of the chromatic scale impartially

aton·al·ismplay \-nə-ˌli-zəm\ noun
aton·al·istplay \-list\ noun
ato·nal·i·typlay \ˌā-tō-ˈna-lə-tē, ˌa-\ noun
aton·al·lyplay \(ˌ)ā-ˈtō-nə-lē, (ˌ)a-\ adverb

Origin of atonal

2a- + tonal


First Known Use: 1922


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