follow Dictionary.com

Do you know ghouls from goblins and ghosts?

atonality

[ey-toh-nal-i-tee] /ˌeɪ toʊˈnæl ɪ ti/
noun, Music.
1.
the absence of key or tonal center.
2.
an atonal principle or style of composition.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25; atonal + -ity
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for atonality

atonality

/ˌeɪtəʊˈnælɪtɪ; ˌæ-/
noun
1.
absence of or disregard for an established musical key in a composition
2.
the principles of composition embodying this and providing a radical alternative to the diatonic system
Compare tonality
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for atonality
n.

1950; see atonal + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for atonality

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for atonality

12
0
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for atonality