Meaning of CHROMATIC in English


/ krəˈmætɪk; NAmE / adjective

( music ) of the chromatic scale , a series of musical notes that rise and fall in semitones / half tones

—compare diatonic



early 17th cent.: from French chromatique or Latin chromaticus , from Greek khrōmatikos , from khrōma , khrōmat- colour, chromatic scale.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.