tonal

adjective ton·al \ ˈtō-nᵊl \
Updated on: 15 Apr 2018

Definition of tonal

1 : of or relating to tone, tonality, or tonicity
2 : having tonality

tonally

play \ˈtō-nᵊl-ē\ adverb

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First Known Use of tonal

1776

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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TONAL Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of tonal for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to musical or color tones

  • music : having or based in a particular key


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