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Adjective: tonal  tow-n(u)l
  1. Employing variations in pitch to distinguish meanings of otherwise similar words
    "Chinese is a tonal language";
    - tonic
  2. (music) having tonality; i.e. tones and chords organized in relation to one tone such as a keynote or tonic

See also: diatonic, keyed, polytonal, toned, tonic

Antonym: atonal

Encyclopedia: Tonal