to·​nal·​i·​ty | \ tō-ˈna-lə-tē How to pronounce tonality (audio) \
plural tonalities

Definition of tonality

1 : tonal quality
b : the organization of all the tones and harmonies of a piece of music in relation to a tonic
3 : the arrangement or interrelation of the tones of a work of visual art

Examples of tonality in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These include component libraries of graphic design elements and style and branding guidelines to ensure design directions properly align with a brand’s established identity and tonality. Goran Paun, Forbes, 28 June 2022 But the 6 Pro stood out this year because the resolution is higher and the overall tonality is just slightly better. Jakob Schiller, Outside Online, 27 May 2022 Although most jazz players played hollow-body guitars, Mr. Messina favored a solid-bodied Fender Telecaster with heavy-gauge flat-wound strings for brighter tonality, particularly on the higher notes. Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2022 Design should fit the tonality of a brand but should remain consistent throughout. Goran Paun, Forbes, 28 Jan. 2022 Schoenberg studiously avoids both tonality and easy embrace, but the pianist in collaboration with her orchestral colleagues found the work’s turbulent emotional core, compelling admiration if not outright love for the experience as a whole. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, 25 Feb. 2022 The answer is to use a neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) technique called advanced tonality. Russ Stephens, Forbes, 19 Oct. 2021 But Calbi is also known for his ability to bring out the tonality of the bass. Jonathan Bernstein, Rolling Stone, 4 Dec. 2021 Scents of the same tonality often involve the activation of a characteristic receptor. Scott Sayare, Harper's Magazine, 23 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of tonality

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tonality

probably borrowed from French tonalité, from tonal tonal + -ité -ity

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“Tonality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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