tonal
Pronunciation
  • (America) IPA: /ˈtoʊnəl/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈtəʊnəl/

Adjective

tonal

  1. Of or relating to tones or tonality.
  2. Of or relating to the general character, mood, or trend of something.
  3. (music) Employing tones that have a predictable relationship to some tonic.
  4. (linguistics) Employing differences in pitch (tones) to distinguish differences in the meaning of otherwise similar words (words which would otherwise be homophonic).
Antonyms Related terms Translations
  • German: tonal
  • Spanish: tonal
Translations
  • German: tonal
  • Spanish: tonal
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Noun

tonal (plural tonals)

  1. (in Mesoamerican mythology) An animal companion which accompanies a person from birth to death.
    • 1989, Robert Bartley Taylor, Indians of Middle America: an introduction to the ethnology of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, page 122:
      When a tonal suffers misfortune or death, the same thing happens to the person associated with it.



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