adjective Music.

  1. pertaining to or having tonality.


  1. of or relating to tone
  2. of, relating to, or utilizing the diatonic system; having an established keyCompare atonal
    1. (of an answer in a fugue) not having the same melodic intervals as the subject, so as to remain in the original key
    2. denoting a fugue as having such an answerCompare real 1 (def. 11)

1776; see from tone + -al (1).

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