tonal

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See also: tonął

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tone +‎ -al

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tonal (comparative more tonal, superlative most tonal)

  1. Of or relating to tones or tonality.
  2. Of or relating to the general character, mood, or trend of something.
    • 2011 December 5, James Poniewozik, “Boardwalk Empire Watch: Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?”, in Time[1]:
      The lurid way the story played out felt like a tonal shift for Empire, but not necessarily a bad one—in the process of shedding its cool costume-drama attitude for grotesque family dysfunction, the episode felt for once less like a story about Prohibition and more one about a specific set of people.
  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).
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Nahuatl tōnalli (day, day sign)

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Noun[edit]

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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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

ton +‎ -al

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tonal (feminine singular tonale, masculine plural tonaux, feminine plural tonales)

  1. tonal

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  • IPA(key): /toˈnal/, [t̪oˈnal]

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tonal (plural tonales)

  1. tonal

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