- the third degree of a major or minor musical scale.
Origin of mediant
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Sound contains three sounds: That of the tonic, the dominant, and the mediant.Delsarte System of Oratory
- the third degree of a major or minor scale
- (as modifier)a mediant chord
Word Origin for mediant
"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.