Music designating, of, or using a scale of eight tones that is either a major scale or a minor scale
Origin of diatonicFrench diatonique from Late Latin diatonicus from Classical Greek diatonikos, stretched through (the notes) from dia-, through + teinein, to stretch: see tend
Of or using only the seven tones of a standard scale without chromatic alterations.
Origin of diatonicLate Latin diatonicus from Greek diatonikos dia- dia- tonos tone ; see tone .
(comparative more diatonic, superlative most diatonic)
From French diatonique