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mediant

[ mee-dee-uhnt ]
/ ˈmi di ənt /
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noun
the third degree of a major or minor musical scale.
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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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How to use mediant in a sentence

  • You could also start with two rational numbers — one less than √10 and the other greater than √10 — and calculate successive mediants.

    Can You Solve March Mathness?|Zach Wissner-Gross (riddlercolumn@gmail.com)|March 26, 2021|FiveThirtyEight
  • Then in the B flat sonata (Op. 106) the second subject occurs in the sub-mediant (G).

    The Pianoforte Sonata|J.S. Shedlock
  • Sound contains three sounds: That of the tonic, the dominant, and the mediant.

British Dictionary definitions for mediant

mediant
/ (ˈmiːdɪənt) /

noun
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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