quarter tone


: a musical interval of one half a semitone
: a tone at an interval of one quarter

Word History

First Known Use

1673, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of quarter tone was in 1673

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“Quarter tone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quarter%20tone. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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