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

Definition of tritone

: a musical interval of three whole steps

Examples of tritone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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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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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The first known use of tritone was in 1609

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“Tritone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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