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church mode

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noun Music.
  1. a mode belonging to a codified system of modes in use in Gregorian chant and in other music to c1600.

Origin of church mode

First recorded in 1860–65
Also called Gregorian mode.
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British Dictionary definitions for church mode

church mode

noun
  1. music a less common name for mode (def. 3a)
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