The definition of chromatic is having colors, or a musical scale that includes half tones and full tones.
An example of something chromatic is a rainbow.
- of color or having color or colors
- designating or of colors other than black, white, and gray
- highly colored
- Biol. readily stained
- using or progressing by semitones: a chromatic scale
- producing all the tones of such a scale: a chromatic instrument
- using tones not in the key of a work: chromatic harmony
Origin of chromaticLate Latin chromaticus ; from Classical Greek chr?matikos, suited for color: see chroma and amp; -atic
Music a tone modified by an accidental
- a. Relating to colors or color.b. Relating to color perceived to have a saturation greater than zero.
- Music a. Of, relating to, or based on the chromatic scale.b. Relating to chords or harmonies based on nonharmonic tones.
Origin of chromaticGreek khr&omacron;matikos, from khr&omacron;ma, khr&omacron;mat-, color.
From Ancient Greek χρῶμα (khrōma, “color”).