ton·​al | \ ˈtō-nᵊl How to pronounce tonal (audio) \

Definition of tonal

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

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tonally \ ˈtō-​nᵊl-​ē How to pronounce tonally (audio) \ adverb

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For decades, she's meticulously coordinated her coats, hats, dresses, and more, achieving a level of tonal continuity unachievable by most. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth's Umbrellas Are Custom Made to Match Her Outfits," 23 Mar. 2019 Ombrés, low-contrast marbleized prints, and tonal faux suedes will bring depth to room without stealing the spotlight. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "Interior Designers Predict the Next Major Wallpaper Trends," 12 Mar. 2019 The comparison of asynchronous voices with similar intent of delivery and tonal quality proves to be a genuinely exciting approach. Wesley Stace, WSJ, "‘Voices’ Review: Singers in the Key of Life," 20 Dec. 2018 Mandy's bridal gown was originally shown as a blush and black gown, rather than a tonal all-pink look, which the brand created for her exclusively. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Mandy Moore Got Married in The Most Stunning Pink Wedding Look," 19 Nov. 2018 It is grounded in traditional tonal harmony, rhythmically driven, colorfully scored, accessible and often strikingly beautiful. John Von Rhein,, "New concerto shines a spotlight on the CSO's fabled low brass choir," 16 Jan. 2018 Meanwhile, her pointy nude slingbacks kept the whole look tonal. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Meghan Markle’s Rainy Day Dress Costs Less Than $35," 16 Jan. 2019 This is not to say poly and nitro produce no tonal differences. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "Can Guitar Paint Affect Your Tone?," 31 Dec. 2018 The structure is choppy, and there are odd moments of tonal dissonance. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "Review: Fighting to Save Her ‘Little Pink House’," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of tonal

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of tonal

technical : of or relating to musical or color tones
music : having or based in a particular key

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