tri·​tone ˈtrī-ˌtōn How to pronounce tritone (audio)
: a musical interval of three whole steps

Examples of tritone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its official title, the tritone, was a chord or interval of notes that was dubbed Diabolus in musica (devil in music) due to its evil sounding harmony. Cameron K McEwan, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 May 2024 There’s a long tradition of the tritone in TV themes, like The Simpsons and The Jetsons. Brian Hiatt, Rolling Stone, 1 June 2021 From top, a punch of pattern by Giorgio Armani; Acne’s clean and lean look; an advanced tritone outfit by E. Tautz. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, 28 June 2019 The chord seethes with unsettled dissonance, packed with half- and whole-step clashes and anxious tritones, yet its triadic backbone lends stability. Matthew Guerrieri,, 29 Mar. 2018

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Word History


Greek tritonon, from tri- + tonos tone

First Known Use

1609, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tritone was in 1609

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“Tritone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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