Definition of chromatic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//krəˈmætɪk//
; NAmE NAmE//krəˈmætɪk//
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of the chromatic scale, a series of musical notes that rise and fall in semitones / half step compare diatonic Word Originearly 17th cent.: from French chromatique or Latin chromaticus, from Greek khrōmatikos, from khrōma, khrōmat- ‘colour, chromatic scale’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: chromatic