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major key

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noun Music.
  1. a key whose essential harmony is based on the major scale.
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Origin of major key

First recorded in 1840–50
Also called major mode.
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Historical Examples

  • All colors in the wall except gloomy black; all the music in the major-key, because celebrative and jubilant.

    New Tabernacle Sermons

    Thomas De Witt Talmage