of, relating to, or marked by .
Contemporary Examples

American Idol’s eccentric, atonal auditioners make us laugh—and then we never see them again.
The 14 Biggest Freaks of the Idol Auditions Richard Rushfield February 2, 2010

Historical Examples

Another time, when they booed an atonal piece, he repeated it immediately.
The World’s Great Men of Music Harriette Brower

The voice was talking a language I didn’t understand at all that went up and down the scale like atonal music.
The Night of the Long Knives Fritz Reuter Leiber

(music) having no established key Compare tonal (sense 2)

1922, from a- “not” (see a- (2)) + tonal.


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