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minor key

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noun Music.
  1. a key or mode based on a minor scale.
  2. a less jubilant or more restrained mood, atmosphere, or quality: The conversation shifted to a minor key with news of the defeat.

Origin of minor key

First recorded in 1810–20
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Examples from the Web for minor key

Historical Examples

  • And then, turning into the fourth page, she came on a passage which checked all minor-key reflections instantly.

    Angela's Business

    Henry Sydnor Harrison


British Dictionary definitions for minor key

minor key

noun
  1. music a key based on notes taken from a corresponding minor scale
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