tri·​tone | \ ˈtrī-ˌtōn How to pronounce tritone (audio) \

Definition of tritone

: a musical interval of three whole steps

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First Known Use of tritone

1609, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tritone

Greek tritonon, from tri- + tonos tone

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“Tritone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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