One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The pitch of a note in relation to another.
2The ability to recognize or reproduce the pitch of a note in relation to another.
3Phonetics. The pitch of a speech sound in relation to another.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. From relative + pitch, after absolute pitch.
relative pitch/ˌrɛlətɪv ˈpɪtʃ/
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