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



    BrE BrE//ˈtəʊnl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtoʊnl//
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  1. 1(specialist) relating to tones of sound or colour
  2. 2 (music) having a particular key opposite atonal
  3. Word Originlate 18th cent. (designating church music in plainsong mode): from medieval Latin tonalis, from Latin tonus, from Greek tonos ‘tension, tone’, from teinein ‘to stretch’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: tonal