leading tone

noun

Definition of leading tone

: the seventh tone of a major or minor scale

called also leading note

First Known Use of leading tone

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of leading tone was circa 1889

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“Leading tone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leading%20tone. Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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