Diatonic meaning

dīə-tŏnĭk
Of or using only the seven tones of a standard scale without chromatic alterations.
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Designating, of, or using a scale of eight tones that is either a major scale or a minor scale.
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(music) Within the boundaries of a musical scale, most commonly the Western major or minor tonalities that have octaves of seven notes in a particular configuration.
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Origin of diatonic

  • Late Latin diatonicus from Greek diatonikos dia- dia- tonos tone tone

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French diatonique

    From Wiktionary