: of, relating to, or being serial music utilizing the 12 chromatic tones

Word History

First Known Use

1926, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of twelve-tone was in 1926

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“Twelve-tone.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/twelve-tone. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

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