mediant

[mee-dee-uh nt]

Origin of mediant

1720–30; < Italian mediante < Late Latin mediant- (stem of mediāns), present participle of mediāre to be in the middle. See medium, -ant
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mediant

noun
  1. music
    1. the third degree of a major or minor scale
    2. (as modifier)a mediant chord

Word Origin for mediant

C18: from Italian mediante, from Late Latin mediāre to be in the middle
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Word Origin and History for mediant
n.

"third note of the diatonic scale," 1753, from Italian mediante, from Late Latin mediantem (nominative medians) "dividing in the middle," present participle of mediare "to be in the middle" (see medial (adj.)). So called from being midway between the tonic and the dominant.

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