Definitions for tonalˈtoʊn l

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ton•alˈtoʊn l(adj.)

  1. pertaining to or having tonality.

    Category: Music and Dance

Origin of tonal:

1770–80; < ML tonālis. See tone , -al1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. tonic, tonal(adj)

    employing variations in pitch to distinguish meanings of otherwise similar words

    "Chinese is a tonal language"

  2. tonal(adj)

    having tonality; i.e. tones and chords organized in relation to one tone such as a keynote or tonic


  1. tonal(Adjective)

    of or relating to tones or tonality

  2. tonal(Adjective)

    employing tones that have a predictable relationship to some tonic

  3. tonal(Adjective)

    employing differences in pitch to distinguish differences in the meaning of otherwise similar words


  1. Tonal

    Tonal is a concept within the study of Mesoamerican religion, myth, folklore and anthropology. It refers to the belief found in many indigenous Mesoamerican cultures that a person upon being born acquires a close spiritual link to an animal, a link that lasts throughout the lives of both creatures. It is in this way similar to the concept of Totem.

Anagrams of tonal

  1. Alton

  2. Laton

  3. Talon

Translations for tonal

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


of musical tones.

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