quarter tone

noun

Definition of quarter tone

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

First Known Use of quarter tone

1673, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Quarter tone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quarter%20tone. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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