noun, plural to·nal·i·ties.

  1. Music.
    1. the sum of relations, melodic and harmonic, existing between the tones of a scale or musical system.
    2. a particular scale or system of tones; a key.
  2. (in painting, graphics, etc.) the system of tones or tints, or the color scheme, of a picture.
  3. the quality of tones.

noun plural -ties

  1. music
    1. the actual or implied presence of a musical key in a composition
    2. the system of major and minor keys prevalent in Western music since the decline of modesCompare atonality
  2. the overall scheme of colours and tones in a painting

1824; see tonal + -ity.

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